Western welcomes Susan Aglukark, Wab Kinew as Faculty of Education hosts conference on legacy of Canada’s residential schools

The London Area Truth and Reconciliation Committee, in collaboration with local indigenous and non-indigenous educational and community partners, is hosting It Matters to Us: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools at Western’s Faculty of Education March 10 – 11.

More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children attended Canada’s residential schools. Though the last school closed in 1996, the ongoing impact of the schools continues to be felt throughout generations and throughout local communities. This conference will bring together more than 250 people from across the province in order to strengthen relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and raise awareness about the legacy of residential schools.

Conference details:

Tuesday, March 10
7 – 9 p.m. – An evening with Susan Aglukark, Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, and The
 Sisters of All Nations Singers

Wednesday, March 11
8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Educator’s conference
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Keynote address, Wab Kinew
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Educator’s conference

John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building
, 1137 Western Road, London, ON

Members of the media are invited to speak with conference organizers and Susan Aglukark following her Tuesday evening performance, and are welcome to attend Wednesday’s educator’s conference.

Media interested in speaking with Wab Kinew are asked to please contact Jeff Renaud.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jeff Renaud, Senior Media Relations Officer, Faculty of Education, Western University, 519-661-2111 x85165, jrenaud9@uwo.ca

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