Several events marking National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are taking place Friday and Saturday in Chilliwack.
People gathered early on the morning of Sept. 30 to decorate vehicles for a reconciliation walk/parade.
The parade left Chilliwack Secondary School (CSS) at 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 30) and made make its way to Central Community Park.
A health and wellness powwow at CSS will follow that afternoon and continue on Saturday, Oct. 1. Grand entry times for the two-day powwow are 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.
The powwow is free and open to the public.
Watch The Progress website for more coverage of these two events.
Also Friday morning, an event honouring residential school “thrivers and survivors” is set to go ahead outside on the Coqualeetza grounds of the Stólō Nation.
On Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sardis Park Wilma’s Transition Society is hosting an event to honour Truth and Reconciliation Day. There will be food trucks, information tables and fun. Details here.
Friday evening, head over to the Orange Shirt Day event at Skwah (Sqwa) First Nation. Called a “Coastal Jam,” everyone is welcome. There will be iron man events, and it runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 30 Landing Drive. Details here.
Also on Friday evening, The Ascending, a double bill concert featuring Maddi Krulicki and Taysey Taylor, is at the Métis House (7201 Vedder Rd., building #4) on Sept. 30. Opening ceremony is at 6:30 p.m. Taylor performs at 7 p.m. and Krulicki at 8:15 p.m. This is an outdoor concert on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and its aim is to contribute to the continued healing of residential school survivors and their families. Tickets are $20 and available on eventbrite.ca.