Alicia Schlag
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Join Mosaic this month as we join the National TRC Event on the PNE grounds in Vancouver. This will be an amazing opportunity to witness truth, healing and hope. The gathering marks the advent of the closing year (of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's five-year process looking at the impact of the Indian Residential Schools) and sees our city become the first in Canada to declare this the Year of Reconciliation.

What do we mean by "join us"? First, there is a great need for volunteers - click on the TRC website to sign up. If you aren't able to take part this way, please consider attending even just one event that week. The All Nations Canoe Gathering on Sept. 17 promises to be a powerful display of unity and welcome - don't miss seeing the canoes arrive at Science World (from Kits Point) that morning. Here is a further list of program highlights, including statement taking and ceremonies (more info below).

Then on Sunday, Sept. 22, join Mosaic's team at Reconciliation Canada's Walk for Reconciliation starting in downtown Vancouver at 9am. We are registering team members now so please get in touch if you would like to walk with us on this historic day!

From the TRC website:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) is holding its BC National Event in Vancouver from September 18 to 21, 2013. Come and share your truth about the Indian Residential Schools and their legacy. Witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal cultures!

• Statement Gathering
• Traditional Ceremonies
• Survivor Gatherings
• Education Day
• Witnessing Survivor Statements
• Cultural Performances
• Films, and more

Reconciliation Canada will host activities before and after the TRC BC National Event.  The City of Vancouver is the first municipality in Canada to proclaim June 21, 2013 to June 20, 2014 as the Year of Reconciliation.

Be a part of the National Journey for Healing and Reconciliation!
All gatherings are open to the public. Admission is free.

Each TRC National Event is dedicated to one of the Seven Sacred Teachings – love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth.

From the Reconciliation Canada website:

The time is now to move beyond sorry and to move beyond misunderstandings. Reconciliation Canada offers an opportunity for all Canadians to renew relationships, based on a shared understanding of our histories and our cultures and walk a path together for a shared tomorrow.