SFU Day for Reconciliation
Thursday, September 12
SFU Theatre, off Convocation Mall, on Burnaby Campus
At the SFU Day for Reconciliation, keynote speaker Karen Joseph of Reconciliation Canada shares how they are catalyzing diverse communities around reconciliation, and why it matters to the diverse community that is SFU. Her conversation is followed by a multi-generational panel speaking to the legacy of the residential school system in their own lives and work.
After a traditional lunch, the day is capped off by a showing of the film We Were Children, a Canadian feature film which reveals the impact of the residential school system through the stories of two children facing immeasurable adversity.
|9am||Traditional welcome from the SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples|
|Opening remarks from President Andrew Petter and invited individuals|
|12pm||Lunch (bison and salmon burgers with vegetarian option)
Free for Day for Reconciliation attendees.
|1pm||Film showing: We Were Children|
In this feature film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed through the eyes of 2 children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years. As young children, Lyna and Glen were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools, where they suffered years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, the effects of which persist in their adult lives. We Were Children gives voice to a national tragedy and demonstrates the incredible resilience of the human spirit.