On Tuesday, June 2,  the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will release its final report on Indian Residential Schools in Canada.

The commission is also hosting a four-day closing event in the National Capital Region from May 31 to June 3, and working with partners to host events in cities and regions across Canada. Following is a list of events in Edmonton:

Sunday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 2, 2015 

Sacred Fire: Burning of Tears

Time: 24-hour vigil
Starting: Sunrise approximately 5am on Sunday
Ending: 3pm on Wednesday
Location: In front of City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

A sacred fire will be tended outside of Edmonton City Hall for 4 days in parallel with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events taking place in Ottawa.
A tipi will be erected to support the fire keeper and the fire’s visitors. Survivors, their families and all citizens are invited to burn their tears at the fire. The ashes collected during the 4 days will be sent to the TRC to commemorate this time in our history.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Youth Dialogue Panel & Celebration of Hope and Reconciliation:
Live Stream from Ottawa

Time: 10:15am to 11:30am local time
11:40am to 12:10am local time
Location: Stanley A. Milner Library, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Square

As part of the Youth Dialogue Panel, four youth will share their experiences and reflections on the impacts of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, as well as their vision of resiliency of youth and hopes for reconciliation and our collective future. A listener panel including Youth Advocates, Educational Leaders and a TRC Commissioner will follow.

The Celebration of Hope and Reconciliation will showcase cultural sharing in celebration of the resilience of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada, and will serve as a gesture of sharing Aboriginal culture with non-Aboriginal classmates, neighbours and friends.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

TRC Final Report Release:
Live Stream from Ottawa

Location: trc.ca
Time: 9am local time

The release of the TRC’s Final Report on Indian Residential Schools will be live streamed from Ottawa on the TRC’s website. Edmonton families, schools, workplaces and communities are encouraged to watch the live stream together in the spirit of reconciliation and discuss its significance to our collective future as Edmontonians and Canadians.

TRC Final Report:
Public Viewings in Edmonton

Time: Doors open at 8:30am at the University and City Hall.
Doors open at 9am, Stanley Milner Library and City Hall.


  • University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room L1-490
  • University of Alberta, Cameron Library
Seating is first-come, first-served at both viewing locations. Health supports will be present at the Edmonton Health Clinic Academy (ECHA) location. Refreshments will also be served at that location.
  • City Hall Council Chambers City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton City Council witnesses the release of the TRC’s Final Report on Indian Residential Schools together with community members. Limited seating in Council Chambers will be first-come basis. Limited overflow seating will be available in the River Valley Room, 1st Floor City Hall, if required. 

  • Stanley A. Milner Library & all EPL branches 

All branches of the Edmonton Public Library live stream the Release of the TRC Findings on Indian Residential Schools (from 9-10:30am) as well as the Response from Parties to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (from 11:15am-12pm.)

These events are jointly sponsored by the following TRC partners: City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations, University of Alberta, the Province of Alberta’s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada-Alberta Region, Edmonton Catholic School Board, and Edmonton Public School Board.