Truth and Reconciliation Summit: Words of Wisdom
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On October 29, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity hosted a Truth and Reconciliation Summit, organized by the Indigenous Leadership department. Hundreds of participants from all over the Bow Valley and Alberta, as well as speakers and panellists involved in Truth and Reconciliation on a larger scale, gathered in Banff to reflect on the truth of Canada's role in residential schools and other forms of oppression, and make plans to bring about reconciliation in their communities and in Canada.
The keynote speeches were also live-streamed across Canada for anyone who wasn't able to participate in person. If you weren't able to watch the speakers live, you can watch the video here.
Each participant was asked to commit to an action on the day of the summit, which they wrote on sticky notes and attached to a wall for everyone to read. The following are quotes from throughout the course of the day, from speakers and participants alike, about what reconciliation means to them and how they—and you—can help bring it to life.