The program of activities will begin on September 26 with an online opening conference, in the presence of Suzie O’Bomsawin, Deputy Director General of the Abenaki Council of Odanak. Conferences, panels, a documentary screening, awareness workshops, formal ceremonies, a visual arts exhibit, artistic performances and other initiatives will take place on the four Sherbrooke campuses throughout the week.
Truth and Reconciliation Week will culminate on September 30 with the annual Orange Shirt Day Walk organized by Bishop’s University. The college and university communities, as well as the general public (including elementary and high schools), are invited to gather between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Bishop’s in the Quad, behind McGreer Hall, and to wear an orange shirt. A ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the walk is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.
Tools for raising awareness
The Pôle régional en enseignement supérieur de l’Estrie (PRESE) invites the general public and schools to consult its reference directory, which provides access to thousands of works and educational tools to increase knowledge about the issues experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation also offers several resources for schools.