Honouring the legacy of residential schools survivors

Honouring the legacy of residential schools survivors

by pmnationtalk on November 28, 2017462 Views

Toronto Council Fire
Native Cultural Centre

Honouring the legacy of residential schools survivors

Launch event for the Restoration of Identity project: Turtle Sculpture coming to Nathan Phillips Square

November 27, 2017 (Toronto, ON) Nathan Phillips Square will soon be home to a new Indigenous “Teaching, Learning, Sharing & Healing Space” in which the centre-piece will be the IRSS Legacy – Turtle Sculpture to honour residential school survivors in this region. This “Restoration of Identity” project is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) call for the establishment of a highly-visible, publicly accessible structure in each capital city to commemorate the victims and survivors of Canada’s residential schools. The sculpture is being crafted by Anishinaabe artist Solomon King under the direction of Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre.

WHAT: Restoration of Identity Project Launch (Invite Only)

WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2017.
Registration opens at 5:00 pm

WHERE: Daniels Spectrum (Ada Slaight Hall)
585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario

PHOTOS: Photo opportunities will be available throughout the event.

INTERVIEWS: Interview opportunities will be available with residential school survivors, Indigenous youth, and representatives from Council Fire, the City of Toronto, and Indigenous leaders from across Ontario.

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Media Contacts:
Suze Morrison, smorrison@ofifc.org, 416.420.9673
Theo Nazary, strategyplanner@councilfire.ca, 647.226.8927

WHO WE ARE

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre is an autonomous, vibrant cultural agency that involves and serves the Indigenous community with confidence for and commitment to their well-being.  We are an active member of the Indigenous community of Toronto, Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council and the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.

MANDATE

To provide counselling, material assistance and other direct services to First Nations people as well as to encourage and enhance spiritual and personal growth.

IRSS LEGACY PROJECT

In its final report, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada called for the establishment of a highly-visible, publicly accessible structure in each capital city to commemorate the victims and survivors of Canada’s residential schools.

Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, through the engagement and interaction with residential school survivors and inter-generational members, will develop an IRSS Legacy Structure called the “Restoration of Identity” to be predominantly displayed in Nathan Phillips Square to honour the victims and survivors of residential schools. The IRSS Legacy Structure will be unveiled in October 10, 2018.

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