Manitoba funds five day NCTR event

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is getting $100,000 from the Manitoba government for Truth and Reconciliation Week programming.

The province said Thursday morning the funds will be dedicated to a five-day education event at the NCTR which will feature pre-recorded videos, Q&A sessions and an in-person youth empowerment event.

“This five-day educational program supports teachers and students in understanding the histories of Indigenous peoples,” said Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Wayne Ewasko. “With its focus on remembering the children, this event empowers youth to reflect on the past and commit to building mutually respectful relationships.”

The event will also feature meet-and-greets with Indigenous authors, filmmakers, musicians, athletes, artists and inspirational speakers.


“Manitoba is home to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, as we work on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwe-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Red River Métis,” said Stephanie Scott, executive director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. “We are so pleased to have the support of the province to make it possible for young people across the country to hear the truths directly from Survivors and learn about the role they can play in reconciliation.”

All events will be live streamed online and will be made available for students across all of Canada.

“Young people have an important role to play if we want reconciliation to be possible,” said Eugene Arcand, a residential school Survivor who served on the Survivors Circle at the NCTR. “In the near future there will be fewer Survivors, so this is the time for young people to join Truth and Reconciliation Week to listen to the Survivors who are left and preserve our truths, and ensure that the children who never came home are always remembered.”

The Manitoba government also noted on September 30 — the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — a commemorative broadcast will feature on APTN across Canada.

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