Truth Before Reconciliation Mawio’mi (Sept. 30 - Oct. 4)

September 30, 2021 - October 4, 2021


A four-day campus-community event in partnership with Glooscap First Nation, co-hosted by Acadia University and the Town of Wolfville

Please note that events held on the Acadia University campus are open to invited speakers and guests and the "campus bubble" (students, faculty, and staff). Due to COVID-19 precautions, these events are unfortunately not open to the general public.


September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

BEE-cause: Every Child Matters! Please wear orange or an orange ribbon to recognize Orange T-Shirt Day

BEE-safe:  Follow COVID Public Health Protocols

Clock Park, Wolfville

9:00am:

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Raising of the Tipi with Elder Dr. Joe Michael and Danny Paul, Knowledge Keeper
  • Lighting of the Sacred Fire
  • Creation of the TRCTalk Tree throughout the day by Acadia students
  • Morning Drumming

10:30am:

  • Opening Prayer on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Words of Welcome from:  Glooscap First Nation Councillor Lynwood Peters and Darlene Peters Copeland; Acadia University President, Dr. Peter Ricketts; Deputy Mayor Oonagh Proudfoot, Town of Wolfville; President of the Indigenous Students Society at Acadia, Leah Creaser; Acadia Students Union President, Matthew Stanbrook and Vice President, Student Life, Georgia Saleski
  • Remembering, Honouring, Commemorating Indian Industrial Residential “school” Victims, including Survivors, their Families, Communities and Nations:  President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada Lorraine Whitman
  • Reflecting on The Sixties Scoop:  Former Chief Shirley Clarke, Glooscap First Nation
  • Official Unveiling of “Elegantly Departed” Original Painting by Quentin Syliboy, inspired by and in collaboration with Lily-Beth Fisher.
  • Mawio’mi-long Dutch Auction of the original painting for the logo, by Mi’kmaw artist Quentin Syliboy, inspired by and in collaboration with Lily-Beth Fisher, as well as five (5) limited edition framed prints, with results announced during the concluding campus-community Mawio’mi feast on October 4th
  • Open Mic
  • Drumming
  • Mi'kmaw Dancers
  • Honour Song featuring Indigenous Student Society of Acadia (ISSA) with Melgita’t Women

1-4pm:

  • Acadia students (no charge, just show your ID) with special guests, Mi’kmaw dancers and drummers, are invited Grand-Pré National Historic Site

University Hall front lawn (Campus students/faculty/staff only)

2pm:

  • Raising of the Tipi on the Front Lawn by University Hall with Elder Dr. Joe Michael and Danny Paul, Knowledge Keeper
  • Lighting of the Sacred Fire
  • Open Honour Song: The Indigenous Students Society (ISSA) invites any Indigenous student to join in

October 1: Treaty Day

Clock Park, Wolfville

6:30am:

  • Sunrise Ceremony by the Tipi at Clock Park

11am:

  • Opening Prayer, Glooscap First Nation Councillor Larry Peters, Member of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council
  • Words of Welcome, Darlene Peters Copeland, Glooscap First Nation; Deputy Mayor Oonagh Proudfoot, Town of Wolfville; Acadia Students Union VP, Georgia Saleski
  • Peace and Friendship Treaty, Zabrina Whitman, Member of Glooscap First Nation and Coordinator, Indigenous Affairs, at Acadia University
  • Mi’kmaw Elder and Youth Co-Artists Speak about the Mawio’mi Mural they are completing: Gerald Gloade and Lily-Beth Fisher
  • Reconciliation with Mother Earth: #FridaysfortheFuture: Remarks by Lily-Beth Fisher, youth climate activist, certified beekeeper, and member of Glooscap First Nation
  • Open Mic
  • Honour Song

University Hall front lawn, Tipi (Campus students/faculty/staff only)

  • Sunrise Ceremony by Tipi on campus
  • Students hear Elders share traditional learning

October 2: BEE-long Day of Friendship

Clock Park, Wolfville

During the day, Elders and community members share knowledge and stories by the tipi at Clock Park

10am-12pm

  • Lusknikn, Mi’kmaw Bread

Acadia University (Campus students/faculty/staff only)

1-3pm, Fountain Learning Commons Great Hall

  • ASU Creative Gathering:  Join Mi’kmaw artist Quentin-Syliboy, co-created of the Hope Mural in the SUB for an afternoon of creativity and conversation in the Fountain Commons’ Great Hall. Refreshments provided.

2-10pm, KC Irving Centre Auditorium

  • ISSA and ASU Mawio’mi Indigenous Film Screening, KCIC Auditorium. Refreshments provided.
    • 2pm: Moana (family-friendly option)
    • 6pm: Indian Horse
    • 8pm: Angry Inuk
    • 10pm: There's Something in the Water

October 3: BEE-well with the Truth

Clock Park, Wolfville

During the day, Elders and community members share knowledge and stories by the tipi at Clock Park

12-2pm:

  • Lusknikn, Mi’kmaw Bread

Waterfront Park, Wolfville

2pm:

  • Concert in the Park: The Hupman Brothers

Acadia University (Campus students/faculty/staff only)

11am-12pm and 3-4pm, University Hall front lawn:

  • Yoga with Acadia student Olivia Stevenson, a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, by the Tipi on the Front Lawn (Rain location: Fountain Learning Commons Great Hall)

1-3pm, Fountain Learning Commons:

  • ASU Creative Gathering:  Join Mi’kmaw artist Quentin-Syliboy, co-creator of the Hope Mural in the SUB, for an afternoon of creativity and conversation in the Fountain Commons’ Great Hall.

1-4pm, Fountain Learning Commons:

  • ASU Drum-Making and Interactive Art Workshop for AU Residence Assistants and Students with Mi’kmaw artists, Holly Meuse and Cruzer Meuse, AU student in the Great Hall.

October 4: National Day of Vigils for Sisters in Spirit, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Clock Park, Wolfville

7am:

  • Lighting of the Sacred Fire
  • Sunrise Ceremony

9-10am:

  • Sisters in Spirit Remembrance Walk through Wolfville

10:30am:

  • Opening Prayer: Former Glooscap First Nation Chief Shirley Clarke
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Opening Statement by Lorraine Whitman, President of Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Drumming and Dancing featuring ISSA with Melgita’t Women
  • Words of Welcome from Darlene Peters Copeland, Glooscap First Nation; Dr. Peter Ricketts, President of Acadia University; Deputy Mayor Oonagh Proudfoot, Town of Wolfville
  • Guest Speakers:  Glooscap First Nation Chief Sidney Peters; Brooke Paul, Supervisor of the Mi’kmaq Women’s Shelter
  • ISSA Virtual Dialogue about the Highway of Tears with AU Alumna, Lara Hartman, graduate student at The University of Victoria
  • Unveiling of the Mawio’mi Mural, co-created by Gerald Gloade and Lily-Beth Fisher followed by Expression of Appreciation and Friendship by the Dean of Arts, Dr. Laura Robinson
  • Homecoming (results from the Dutch Auction) for “Elegantly Departed” the Original Painting as well as five (5) Limited Edition framed prints signed by the artist
  • Open Mic
  • Closing Prayer
  • Honour Song featuring the Indigenous Students Society of Acadia (ISSA) with Melgita’t Women

Afternoon:

  • Taking down the tipis at both locations

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