#HonourTheApology National Day of Prayer, Thurs July 25 at noon – events across the country. #IdleNoMore #INM #cdnpoli

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#HonourTheApology will be in Toronto at the Allan Gardens at 12 noon Thursday July 25 – Please come out and join us in prayer and ceremony to honour the survivors of Indian Residential School, the children that didn’t make it and the intergenerational survivors. #IdleNoMore #INM – Please share.  

Location:  http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/conservatories/allan-gardens.htm

#HonourtheApology Official Press Release: For Immediate Release July 24 Canadians from many cultural communities call… http://fb.me/2vq8q8nhb 

Honour The Apology – National Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CANADIANS FROM MANY CULTURAL COMMUNITIES CALL ON FEDS TO #HONOURTHEAPOLOGY TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS

UNITY ACROSS FAITHS AND BACKGROUNDS IN RESPONSE TO RECENTLY REVEALED “NUTRITIONAL EXPERIMENTS” ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

WINNIPEG, MB (07/22/2013) – At noon on Thursday, July 25 at venues across the country, Canadians, newcomers, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples from all walks of life and religious denominations will reflect upon the impacts of Canadaʼs residential schools in a national moment of silence. In response to University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby published research that First Nations communities – and specifically thousands of children in residential schools – were unknowing subjects in biomedical experiments in malnourishment and hunger by federal government officials between 1942-52, these Canadians will pray for and commemorate those who were experimented on. They will also call on the federal government to honour its 2008 apology to the survivors of Residential Schools by immediately releasing all relevant documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

“Canadians from many backgrounds have been shocked and hurt by these recent revelations and this is an opportunity to talk, reflect, and do something about it,” says co-organizer Wab Kinew. “Weʼve put out a call for unity and leaders from the Islamic, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Multi-denominational, Japanese communities have responded and will join us. We hope many others will come over their lunch hour as well. All are welcome.”

A Spreecast teach-in will be held online on Monday July 22 at 8pm CST for Canadians who want to learn more about the “nutritional experiments” and the documents being sought by the TRC. It will feature Dr. Ian Mosby, Dr. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair and Dr. Leanne Simpson (who wrote a piece about the event in Briarpatch Magazine).

Honour The Apology – Thursday July 25th, 2013 Events:

Winnipeg – Oodena Circle, The Forks

Vancouver – Gastown

Ottawa – Victoria Island

Saskatoon – Vimy Memorial Bandshell

Edmonton – Centennial Park

Thunder Bay – Vickers Park

Sudbury – Tom Davies Square 

Moose Factory Cree Nation

Toronto – Allan Gardens

About the Apology:

On June 11, 2008, the Prime Minister of Canada offered an apology to FirstNations, Métis, and Inuit survivors of the residential school system. Although under a court order, the federal government has been withholding millions of documents from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). These documents contain the movement/disappearance of children, sickness or diseases and the treatment students endured. Honouring the apology means releasing the documents so the TRC can fulfill its mandate and allow all Canadians to learn the truth about this painful era and move together toward reconciliation.

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Media Contacts:

Niigaanwewidam Sinclair, Co-organizer (Manitoba), 204-999-5192, niigaanwewidam@umanitoba.ca

Andrea Landry, Co-organizer (Ontario), 226-787-7700, Andrea_landry@hotmail.ca

Jodi Stonehouse, Co-organizer (Alberta), 780-902-0049, jodi@ualberta.ca

Source – Keep up to date by following here: http://honourtheapology.tumblr.com/page/2

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Anne Lawry
    Jul 25, 2013 @ 12:11:34

    At noon I will remind myself that much is owed to those who have suffered, that we must face the ache of wrong doing, and turn our spirit towards harmony and care. I will breathe deeply and thoughtfully, inhaling the exhalations of those who have gone before me, who’s pain I cannot know and who’s truth must be unveiled.

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