September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconcilliation. Here is a list of programing going on Thursday in and around Winnipeg.
Starts at the Canadian Human Rights Museum
At 11 a.m., the 60s Scoop Legacy of Canada is hosting a walk, encouraging drummers, rattles, and dancers to join. It will start at the Canadian Human Rights Museum and end at St. John's park with a Welcome Home Powwow.
Orange Shirt Day Powwow
St. Johns Park
MC Ray "Coco" Stevenson will lead in a powwow honouring those who were in the residential school system and 60s scoop, as well as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
A pipe ceremony while lighting the sacred fire will begin at noon, with the powwow's Grand Entry starting at 1 p.m.
Honourable Murray Sinclair and Phil Fontaine, and Senator Dr. Mary Jane McCallum will be present at the powwow.
Truth and Reconciliation Youth and Elder Tea
725 Kingsbury Avenue
A morning youth event with Elder speakers with the Manitoba Metis Federation.
190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg
For four days, the Manitoba Museum is offering free admission encouraging people to "learn, reflect, and decide to take some action" towards reconciliation.
"What our job is at the museum is to be a place of dialogue, and of learning. We really want to have an impact on this event," Acting Head of Learning and Engagement Anya Moodie-Foster says.
They will have a National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation pop-up exhibit and more.
Reconciliation Week Sacred Fire
Memorial Provincial Park, Winnipeg
Hosted by the Anish Corp. Aboriginal Health and Wellness, and Wa-Say Healing Centre, this sacred fire will burn for three days. Opening and ending with a pipe ceremony, the fire will be lit to honour Residential School Survivors and those who died at residential schools.
Indigenous teachings will be shared during this fire.
5000 Cresent Road West, Keeshkeemaquah (Portage la Prairie)
All day long there will be programming including an opening prayer and honour song, stories from Residential School Survivors, and a youth pow-wow dance troupe.
"I think it is people knowing the story, coming out to celebrate with us and to just connect with us. And it is moving forward with reconciliation and knowing the truth," CEO Lorriane Daniels says.
Niverville National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony
99 Main Street, Niverville
Starting at 7 p.m., Peter and Sheila YellowQuill will be hosted by the Town of Niverville at Maranatha Niverville. Peter, a descendant of a signatory of Treaty 1 and a Residential School Survivor, will be bringing a blessing.
Day of Survivor Stories and Panel
300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is hosting talks and screenings on Thursday.
"In partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, we are hosting a day of survivor stories, screenings, and a panel discussion," the WAG posts.
Admission fees are being donated to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, saying "self-identifying Indigenous peoples are always welcome, free of charge."