In partnership with Aboriginal Services, Student Engagement and Conestoga Students Inc., Conestoga College hosted its third annual Truth and Reconciliation event on March 15 at the Doon campus. The full-day event was packed full of speakers, drumming by Cedar Hill, a complimentary lunch and activities such as the potato dance.
The theme for this year was Truth and Reconciliation in Our Backyard: What Are You Doing to Contribute in Your Home or Community? The event aimed to recognize, explore and enhance culturally competent practices in order to strengthen the reconciliation process between Canada and Indigenous cultures.
The highlight of the event was keynote speaker Eddy Robinson, who is a noted Anishinaabe artist, teacher, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer, writer and now speaker. He spoke about Debwewin (truth) and reconciliation, as well as the journey of an Indigenous student to help reflect on Truth and Reconciliation in our backyard.