By Lethbridge Herald on September 23, 2023.
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Monday marks the start of Reconciliation Week across Canada. In response, the City of Lethbridge will be hosting a series of events over the week that aim to promote learning and engagement.
The week is set to kick off with an opening ceremony on Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the Civic track behind City Hall which will feature remarks from community leaders and a round dance.
Later that day, organizations and community members will be recognized for their dedication to strengthening relationships and advancing the message of Reconciliation at the inaugural Reconciliation Awards. The sold-out event will take place at City Hall and honour nominees from a variety of categories such as youth, educator, and not-for-profit organization.
From Friday until Sept. 28, the public is invited to attend free showings of “Bones of Crows” at The Movie Mill. The film explores the impact of residential schools on families and the generational fallout. Focusing on a woman and her siblings, it highlights their fight for survival. Screenings will take place twice daily at 12:30 and 6 p.m. The week of interaction and education will conclude with a powwow and artisan expo on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Agri-Food Hub and Trade Centre starting at 1 p.m. That morning the location will host a pipe ceremony to honour children which is set to begin at 9 a.m.
Beginning today, orange shirts will be available by donation at Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society. This year’s design, done by Blackfoot artist. Deserae Ootoh’kotskinna (Yellow Horn) Akik’inakii (Stars twinkling at the same time.) According to a statement released by the City of Lethbridge, “[The] design signifies the power Indigenous children hold presently in Indigenous ceremony as opposed to the Residential School ceremony.”
For more information, including a complete listing of events, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ReconciliationLethbridge