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Survivors’ Flag raising on Parliament Hill by residential school Survivors, the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation, and the Honourable Marc Miller

 

WINNIPEG — Residential school Survivors and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be joined by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations for the raising of the Survivors’ Flag on Parliament Hill. Once raised, the flag will fly for two years.

Survivors, the NCTR and Minister Miller will make themselves available for questions and comments following the event.

Where:

Parliament Hill

111 Wellington St, Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A9

When:

Monday, August 29, 2022

11 AM (ET)

***Media must arrive for 10 a.m. to register with accreditation

Background

This commemorative flag was created by Survivors to share their expression of remembrance with the broader public and to honour all residential school Survivors, families, and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. The flag was developed through consultation and collaboration with Inuit, Mi’kmaq, Atikamekw, Cree, Ojibway, Dakota, Mohawk, Dene, Nuu-chah-nulth, Secwepemc, and Métis Survivors. 

This event will feature residential school Survivors sharing their truths and experiences. The Survivors’ Flag affirms commitment to the remembrance of the lives lost through, and impacted by, the residential school system. As reconciliation continues to be a critical priority of the government, the raising of the flag is an important symbol of commitment to Survivors. 

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For more information:

media@emdashagency.ca 

About the NCTR

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) hosted by the University of Manitoba was created to preserve the memory of Canada’s Residential School system and legacy, not just for a few years, but forever. It is the responsibility of the NCTR to steward and share the truths of Survivors’ experiences in a respectful way and to work with Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators, researchers, communities, decision-makers and the general public to support the ongoing work of truth, reconciliation and healing across Canada and beyond.

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