University holds event to teach Canadian history

KAMLOOPS - The university is localizing a provincial initiative in order to do what it does best — teach.

TRU is hosting an on-campus Truth and Reconciliation event to educate students in Canadian history.

The Aboriginal Education Department at the university is organizing the event geared at teaching students, faculty and staff about residential schools. Stories will be shared from survivors, educators and students directly or indirectly experienced with Canadian residential schools.

TRU Law will showcase a local video on Kamloops Truth and Reconciliation and speakers from 'past, present and future' generations will discuss the issues. A documentary will also feature the lasting impacts on First Nations people.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get involved during the 'Blanket exercise,' allowing students, faculty and staff to express to express their thoughts about reconciliation actions through words or artistic expression on blankets around the school.

Locals affected by residential schools also had the opportunity to share experiences for healing and to piece together Canadian history when the national Truth and Reconciliation Committe stopped in Kamloops in May.

TRU's event is in part with Reconciliation week in B.C. running from Sept. 16 to 22 and is open to all interested. It begins tomorrow at 9:45 a.m. at the Brown Family House of Learning.

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