Day One in Halifax

October 27, 2011

It’s the end of the first day of the TRC’s third national gathering in Halifax. The day began with the lighting of the sacred fire, which took place on the grounds of Province House. The ashes from the sacred fire at the first gathering in Winnipeg were transferred to the sacred fire in Inuvik, and have now been brought to Halifax. According to the TRC:

The Lighting of the Sacred Fire happens before we begin each Event to ensure that it is the spirits and the teachings that guide us and protect us while the Commission does its work. The transferring of the ashes has become a symbol of national unity as it becomes lit from coast to coast to coast.

The ceremony took place in front of a statue of Joseph Howe (1804-1873), a Nova Scotian politician. Under his outstretched arm, the commission, elders, and participants watched as the sacred fire was lit. (Photos of sacred ceremonies are forbidden. The image above was taken before the ceremony began.) Shortly afterwards, the Truth and Reconciliation Walkers entered the square. The group of five walked for 2,200 kilometres from Cochrane, Ontario to attend the event in Halifax: Patrick Etherington Jr.Robert HunterJames KiokeSamuel KooseesFrances R. Whiskeychan. As they walked from community to community, they raised awareness about the Indian Residential School legacy and the truth commission’s work. I had the honour of hearing Patrick Etherington Jr. speak in Winnipeg about their journey to the first national gathering. They are a truly inspiring group. For more on their journey, click here, or here.

4 Responses to “Day One in Halifax”

  1. Martin Bar Says:

    Intersting apology[http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/10/27/universitys-residential-school-apology-raises-eyebrows/]… if only (though not exclusively) because it made the frontpage of the National Post, smack dab in the middle of the ongoing TRC in Halifax.

  2. jb Says:

    Looks like an interesting event Naomi. Thanks for keeping us all posted!
    xo
    jb

  3. n.a. Says:

    Thanks Martin and jb! I’ve been meaning to update again since Halifax but the days are slipping away. Your comments help to motivate me to post!

    Best,
    Naomi


  4. […] attended the last two national gatherings (in Halifax and Inuvik) while pregnant. Listening to the difficult testimonies of children taken from their […]


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