A Day to Reflect and Remember
September 30 has been dedicated as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We believe gathering and learning together will enhance awareness and action, and invite you to join us for the activities on-campus.
A message from our Elder:
Oki Nistoowaa annistaa Pitta innee poitaki, I greet you. My name is Eagle Flying Low Woman - a lot of you know me by my name Loretta Parenteau-English I am currently one of the Elders in Residence here at Grande Prairie Regional College. I come to you today to talk about my understanding to the many questions of why the Grande Prairie Regional College continues to provide teachings on September 30, a day given to us Indigenous people as a recognition to the tragedies many generations endured in the residential schools ran by many religious denominations throughout what is known as Turtle Island or Canada and the United States.
The topic itself brings on a lot of different emotions that not only survivors have known and carried on for years. Survivors too had questions for many years, of why I continue to cry and why am I continuously sad and why can't I feel gratitude for my life and why do I always have the sense of loss.
Education is the key, to many things for Indigenous people, the Elders for many generations have been encouraging the youth to get their education to have a vast knowledge of what is out there in what we call society. I commend Grande Prairie Regional College for keeping their doors open to do that very thing, educated the generation that has vast knowledge of passing it to their children and to the generation before them. We need to educate, we cannot stop that process, we need our stories to be heard and read and learned. The bodies of the children found in Kamloops at the residential school, when it became public, impacted so much, it revealed the most important thing the "truth". That is what the post-secondary institute has stepped forward to do, is to continue to carry the "truth" through education.
The College has taken various steps to share Indigenous history in the past, today, and into the future. I am happy to be part of the sharing. I believe that is one of the many ways we can share the history of our country, Canada through continuing to educate on the most important day, September 30.
Wear Your Orange Shirt
Commemorative Art Piece
Special Display of Art and Information
Resilience, Reconciliation and Residential School Discussion
Lecture on Canada's History of the Indian Residential School System