It Matters to Us! Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools

A gathering for educators, administrative and support staff, parents and students

Date: Tuesday, March 10 – Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Faculty of Education Building, Western University, 1137 Western Rd; London, ON

Please click here for Conference Agenda 

Please note the agenda for Wednesday has been changed to accommodate our Keynote Speaker

8:00-8:30            Registration

8:30-9:00            Opening 

9:00 – 10:15        Workshop 1  Why it Matters: Stories of Truth, Survival and Healing

10:15 – 10:45      Break

10:45 – 12:00      Workshop 2 Why it Matters: Pathways to Reconciliation

12:00 – 1:15        Lunch

1:15 – 1:30           Healing Song

1:30 – 2:30           Wab Kinew

2:30-2:45              Break 

We will:

  • Learn and share about the legacy of residential schools;
  • Strengthen relationships between Indigenous and settler people throughout our local communities
  • Share strategies for respectful communication and collaboration
  • Identify culturally responsive approaches and resources to increase educator’s comfort and skill level in teaching about Canada's Indigenous people
  • Support teachers with resources to address the newly revised social studies, history and geography curriculum

Day 1: An Evening with Susan Aglukark

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s more unique and most honored artists. An Inuk from Arviat, Nunavut, Susan has been walking in a tension between two worlds, a defining note in her remarkable career. I’ve been here only for a week and have already won amount that exceeds my investments, whoa! The songs Susan Aglukark creates have something in them that speak to all of us, whether it’s the longing of a woman growing old for the traditional life that she was taken away from (“Bridge of Dreams”) to a gentle anthem for peace and tolerance, (“O Sien” – joy in community).

The Sisters of All Nations Singers will perform to open this event. 

The Sisters of All Nations Singers are a womens drum group based out of London Ontario and Western University.The group formed after taking Cayuga music class a taught by Sadie Buck of Six Nations. After taking her class and learning about Haudenosaunee music and culture, a group of ladies from the class decided to perform the songs they learned at Kings University College. Ever since that event the group has been together, singing, performing as well as learning. All of the singers in the group are students at Western and also from different nations and communities. It is because of the diversity of the group that the name Sisters of All Nations Singers came about.

Sisters of All Nations

Day 2: Educator’s Conference – Wednesday, March 11, 2015  8:30 – 4:30 featuring Wab Kinew

This gathering will include traditional ceremonies, workshops, and activities to engage participants.  A full workshop agenda will be posted shortly but includes resources from the Legacy of Hope Foundation, hearing stories of survivors of residential schools and educational workshops.

About the Keynote Speaker: Wab Kinew (full agenda to follow)

Wab Kinew is a one of a kind talent, named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know.” He is the interim Associate Vice-President for Indigenous Relations at University of Winnipeg and a correspondent for Aljazeera America. He has a BA in Economics, is completing a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance and is a member of the Midewin. Wab is also an Honourary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Morning Workshops: Why it Matters: Stories of Truth, Survival and Healing 

Residential school survivors share their stories - their experiences in residential schools, how it has impacted them and their families. 

Lunch will be catered by the Oneida Braves Elite Lacrosse Organization 

Featuring: traditional native foods including corn soup, venison stew, wild rice

Afternoon Workshops: Why it Matters: Pathways to Reconciliation 

These workshops feature a number of presenters who will offer learning opportunities for the classroom and everyday life regarding reconciliation. 

8th Fire Talking Circle

We will be lead in a talking Circle by Dan Smoke.

Closing Ceremonies

For more information contact:
Sarah Burm or Anna-Lee Straatman 519-661-4040

Tuesday evening with Susan Aglukark ONLY– Free but registration is required.

To register for Tuesday Evening ONLY:

Registration for the Educator’s Conference (includes the evening with Susan Aglukark on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.) 

Please note that registration is now closed, but you can still register to see Susan Aglukark on Tuesday evening for free

Early Bird Registration: $90.00 before February 1, 2015
After February 1, 2015: $100.00
For groups of 5 or more: $85.00 per person
Students: $50.00

To attend only the Keynote address by Wab Kinew: Cost $20.00 

Wednesday, March 11, 2014, Faculty of Education auditorium, 1137 Western Rd; London, ON 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  

Please note that registration is now closed, but you can still register to see Susan Aglukark on Tuesday evening for free

Note the change in time. Wab Kinew will now speak from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 


Hotel Information

If you require overnight accommodation, the Hilton Hotel has a block of rooms held under the following information:
Please note that you will be responsible for covering your own hotel costs.

Your web page address is:
Group Code: IMT
Check-in: 09-MAR-2015
Check-out: 11-MAR-2015
Hotel Name: Hilton London Ontario

Hotel Address: 300 King Street, London, Canada, N6B 1S2
Phone Number: 519 430 6413

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