Xwla ye toteló:met qas ye slilekwel (listen to the sound clip)
“towards understanding and harmony”
- translated from Halq'eméylem by Siyamiateliyot (Elizabeth Phillips)

Indian Residential School Day of Learning

The University of the Fraser Valley's Indian Residential School Day of Learning took place at UFV's Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Hope, and Mission campuses on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Indian Residential School survivors, Aboriginal Elders, community members and other special guests joined UFV students, faculty, and staff in a day of presentations, interactive panels, films, readings and displays.

Please take the opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal history, values, culture and language, and help us with the important work of reconciliation by watching the videos below.


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Opening ceremony

Presentation by Jean Barman - Schooled for Inequality: Remembering the Fraser Valley's Three Indian Residential Schools

Stories of Truth and Reconciliation - 3 Crows Productions

Closing ceremony

The day was chosen to coincide with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's national event in Vancouver. The Commission was established to gather testimony and to inform the Canadian public about the history and effects of the residential schools. The goal of our event, like the national event, was to bring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together, sharing and working on healing, and renewing relationships based on knowledge, mutual understanding, compassion and respect.

The UFV Senate, recognizing the significance and value of the work of the Commission and this important educational and community-building opportunity, supported the establishment of this Day of Learning at UFV, and agreed to cancel classes so that all students and faculty could participate.

Two residential schools operated in the Fraser Valley (St. Mary's in Mission and Coqualeetza in Chilliwack). It is vital to the work of our University and the development of the Valley that we learn about the impact these schools had on the Aboriginal people of our region, and the legacy of the attitudes, policies and practices that led to the mistreatment of Aboriginal children and their families.

With sincere appreciation,

Mark Evered
President & Vice-Chancellor
University of the Fraser Valley


If you or someone you know is distressed by this website or during the Residential Schools Day of Learning, please contact UFV Counselling Services by calling 604-854-4528 (Abbotsford), 604-795-2808 (Chilliwack) or by coming in to your nearest Student Services office.  Every effort will be made to accommodate you in a crisis.

If you or someone you know experiences a crisis after hours, please call the toll free  24 hour Crisis Line at 1-877-820-7444 or the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

If there is immediate risk, please call 911 or the UFV emergency security line at 7770. 


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