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
9:30am Keynote Speaker
11am Panel

  • Margaret George, Elder program at SFU
  • Vera Jones, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Cindy Tom-Lindley, Executive Director, Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • Michelle Quock, SFU student
  • William G. Lindsay, SFU Office for Aboriginal Peoples
12pm Lunch (bison and salmon burgers with vegetarian option)
Free for Day for Reconciliation attendees.
1pm Film showing: We Were Children

About 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.