The Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada (IACC) has announced further details for its upcoming public gathering on Parliament Hill. The event, called “Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance”, has been organized for September 30th, to coincide with the new federal holiday, “A National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.”

The event will begin with an opening ceremony starting at 9:00 in the morning, with an Eagle Feather Presentation to survivors of the Indian residential school system. A live stream of the rest of the opening ceremony, featuring performances by Inuit throat singers and a smudging by Ottawa University reconciliation advisor Claudette Commanda, will begin at 10:00 am.

After the opening ceremony, a “Spirit Walk” from Parliament Hill to Confederation Park, led by Indigenous women and survivors of residential schools, will begin at noon. The event will continue from there until 5:00 in the evening, with other planned activities including a Kairos blanket exercise starting at 1:00 pm, performances from Indigenous artists like Fawn Wood and a traditional Indigenous lunch served by Manomin Food.

Pre-registration is required to attend the Eagle Feather Presentation and the Kairos Blanket Workout. Visit the IACC website for more information.