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Webinar ready on first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Thoughtful session tackling health-related TRC calls to action, starts 10:30 a.m., Sept. 30.

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The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is shaping up to be a rainy day of reflection – especially since most if not all the in-person events were cancelled given the public health restrictions.

Two vibrant Indigenous voices will be leading a thoughtful webinar tackling some of the health-related calls to action from TRC, starting at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 30.

Gracie Kelly, Indigenous relations manager at the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, and guest speaker Francis Horne Sr. (Khut Whee Mul Uhk), Indigenous cultural advisor for Fraser Health, will reflect on some fresh perspectives, and on the path towards reconciliation.

The 90-minute webinar, created and hosted by Kelly, will run 10:30 a.m. to noon PST.

Kelly’s roots are Soowahlie/Xaxlip First Nations and she has been active in sharing, learning and teaching the valuable resources of Solh Temexw Mother Earth in a variety of roles, from a career counsellor and cultural program coordinator to a university level instructor.

Horne works in a variety of health care settings throughout the Fraser Valley.

His advice? “Live in harmony, love, forgive and care for people. My grandfather used to say, ‘The only time we’re allowed to look down on people is when we’re putting our hand down to help them back up.’

This webinar will talk about what has changed over the past six years and the path forward.

The Zoom meeting is being recorded, and being made available to organizations and participants from across the province.

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Jennifer Feinberg

About the Author: Jennifer Feinberg

I have been a Chilliwack Progress reporter for 20+ years, covering the arts, city hall, as well as Indigenous, and climate change stories.
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