Survivors of an Indian residential school in the Fraser Valley will be sharing stories and firsthand experiences in Chilliwack on Monday, Oct. 25 at a reconciliation-focused event.
“Please join the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ts’elxweyeqw Tribe, and the Chilliwack Economic Resource Network, as we host another amazing learning opportunity with respect to reconciliation,” organizers said in a news release Oct. 21.
The special presentation from 3 Crows Productions, a group of Indigenous storytellers, is the third offering from a Chamber program: ‘Education, one of the many paths of reconciliation: understanding our past to better our future.’
Two elders will be sharing experiences they had in the residential school system.
“Forced to attend the Saint Mary’s Catholic school in Mission, B.C., Cyril Pierre and Joe Ginger endured tremendous loss of freedom and many years of physical, mental and sexual abuse,” the event release said. “These experiences shaped not only their personal and cultural identity but their long-term relationships with family and community.”
3 Crows Productions is dedicated to promoting anti-racism, creating awareness of intergenerational impacts of residential schools and helping youth strengthen mental health. Each member seeks to educate future generations of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth through presentations, oral storytelling, live theatre, and short film productions.
“In consultation with partners, this program has been designed to provide a variety of educational opportunities to both our members and the community, to support reconciliation within the Chilliwack area,” according to the release.
Venue staff will be checking vaccine cards at the door.
Join 3 Crows Productions for “Our Story” on Monday, October 25, 2021, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cottonwood Cinemas.
Register here to attend
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