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VCC president's message

Posted on September 16, 2013

From September 16 to 22, people across the country will come together to commit to truth and reconciliation. Reconciliation Week, organized by Reconciliation Canada, is intended to bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together to build a shared understanding of our histories and the impact of the residential school system on people throughout the country.

In recognition of the profound impact that the residential school system has had on Aboriginal peoples and on this country, and in honour of residential school survivors, VCC will be hosting its own reconciliation event:

Tuesday, Sept. 17
11:30 a.m.
BWY campus event space

VCC Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team will be hosting an “Ask & Learn” session with best-selling author Chief Bev Sellars who will be discussing her book They Called Me Number One.

I encourage you to attend this event to listen, ask questions, and learn more about the residential school system.

I’d also like to encourage everyone in the VCC community to participate or get involved in the events happening throughout Reconciliation Week. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s National Event will be held at the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver on Sept. 18. The week is culminating with a Walk for Reconciliation on Sept. 22, bringing people together to walk a path in a shared commitment to reconciliation.