The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is holding its final National Event at the Shaw Conference Centre this week. The TRC is documenting the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada as a necessary step in the long-term process of healing and reconciliation with Aboriginal peoples, government, churches and the Canadian people. All are welcome, and the Alberta-NWT Bishops are encouraging Catholics to attend at least some portion of the event. Some sessions will be livestreamed at

Program highlights

Thursday, March 27
Opening ceremonies –10 a.m. – 12 noon. Archbishop Smith will attend.

Friday, March 28
Honorary Witness Talking Circle – 9 a.m., Hall A. Archbishop Smith will participate.
Interfaith Panel on Reconciliation – 1 p.m., Salon 9 

Saturday, March 29
Public Gesture of Reconciliation by Archbishop Smith –  9 a.m., Hall A
Public Gesture of Reconciliation by Fr. Ken Foster OMI, Provincial of the OMI Lacombe Province –  4 p.m.

Sunday, March 30
KAIROS Ecumenical Presentation “Pearls of Wisdom: Recovering Indigenous Women’s Honour” – 1 p.m., Salon 8
Sunday Eucharist for Catholic TRC participants – 8 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples

Churches Listening Circle (Churches Listening Area Hall B)

  • Thursday, March 27, 3-4:45 p.m.
  • Friday, March 28, 10-11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 29, 10-11:45 a.m.
  • Sunday, March 30, 10-11:45 a.m.

Church Archives Area

  • Archivists and volunteers from the Archdiocese of Edmonton and other church organizations will be available throughout the event to share documents and photos from the Indian Residential Schools.

For more information about the TRC and the Edmonton National Event, check the TRC website