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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Portage College is committed to reconciliation and has chosen to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30th. To give students, staff and faculty the opportunity to learn more about the history and ongoing consequences of residential schools, classes have been cancelled and employees will receive the day off work.

It's important to remember and honour those who never returned home after attending residential school and the survivors and their families who carry the burden of this painful part of our shared history.

We encourage people to go through the many resources provided on this web page. 

Portage College was honoured to host a Sunrise Ceremony on the morning of September 30th. The event was live via Facebook and recorded so we could share it with you.

Sunrise Ceremony

It's important to remember and honour those who never returned home after attending residential school and the survivors and their families who carry the burden of this painful part of our shared history.

Please read the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Portage College press release.

Press Release

Additional Resources

Sept 27 to Oct 1 - Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a full week of virtual programming.

Sept 30 - Portage College Virtual Sunrise Ceremony

7:10 A.M. Approximately
Streaming live on the Portage College Facebook event page.

Sept 30 - Cold Lake Community

Cold Lake Museum Free Admission

Orange Shirt Take Home Kit

Sept 30 - St. Paul Community

Sept 30 Reconciliation in Action Events

Oct 4 - Bonnyville Community 

Oct 4 Honouring the MMIW and Stolen Children

Sept 2021 to June 2022 - Project of Hope

Portage College has planned two initiatives for the Project of Hope to assist people on their personal journey to truth and reconciliation. The first initiative invites people to write a personal commitment towards truth and reconciliation and place it in the provided box. In June 2022 that commitment will be mailed back to participants so that they can see if they followed through on their commitment. The second initiative is based on the Project of Heart where tiles are created based on commitments for truth and reconciliation. Those tiles will be combined into art installations. 

Project of Hope Commitment Card
Project of Hope Poster

Books:

  • Phil Fontaine, AiméeCraft. A Knock at the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2015.

  • R. Miller. Shingwauk's Vision: A History of Native Residential Schools. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996.

  • John Milloy. A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System, 1879-1896. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

  • Elizabeth Graham. The Mush Hole: Life at Two Indian Residential Schools. HefflePublishing, 1997.

For more book options, visit:

CBC Books

Memoirs:

We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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