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Truth and Reconciliation Week at SFU

July 19, 2013

SFU President Andrew Petter has just sent a university-wide email message about Truth and Reconciliation Week at SFU, this September.

On July 8, SFU’s Senate passed a motion recognizing the singular significance of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) national event taking place in Vancouver this September.

The motion encourages all instructors to accommodate, without risk of academic penalty, any student who wishes to participate in TRC and Reconciliation Canada events and activities during the week of September 16–22, 2013. In addition, it encourages instructors to incorporate materials relevant to the history of residential schools and the reconciliation process into their courses.

The motion was passed to raise awareness and support the efforts of the TRC and Reconciliation Canada.

For your further information, the TRC was established to contribute to truth, healing and reconciliation as part of a comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy. The TRC represents a sincere indication and acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Aboriginal peoples, and the need for continued healing, in an effort to work towards a stronger and healthier future.

As an ‘engaged university,’ SFU has a special obligation to work with and on behalf of Aboriginal peoples.  For that reason, respect for Aboriginal peoples and cultures is identified as one of the underlying principles of our Strategic Vision.

Working in collaboration with Reconciliation Canada and the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, SFU is developing on-campus events to support the TRC. SFU will also create a team for the Reconciliation Walk on September 22 (see attached poster).  I encourage all SFU students, staff, faculty, alumni, family and friends to join me at the Vancouver Public Library on September 22 for the walk by registering through the following link. Our team name is “SFU.” 

For additional information on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Reconciliation Canada, please visit the following links:

Note: We'll keep this page updated with events as they're organized at SFU.

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