Press Release

Native Women’s Association of Canada to hold open house to honour residential school survivors and the children who lost their lives


Day-long event to mark second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 26, 2022

OTTAWA – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will hold an open house to mark the second annual National Truth and Reconciliation Day, a national statutory holiday created to honour the survivors of residential schools as well as the many children who died at the notorious institutions.

NWAC’s new, five-storey, Social, Cultural and Economic Innovation Centre in Gatineau, Que., will be open to the public from 10 am ET until 4 pm ET on Sept. 30. Although there is no set program for the event, a story-telling session will take place from 1 pm to 3 pm and, throughout the day, there will be traditional smudging, drumming, and singing.

A commemorative art exhibit honouring the children, their families, and the survivors will be added to NWAC’s already extensive collection of Indigenous art. And crafting events will be conducted in memory of the lives lost during the 165-year program of assimilation.

In the evening, the NWAC building will be lit in orange in tribute to our children.

When: National Truth and Reconciliation Day, Friday, September 30, 2022, 10 am ET to 4 pm ET

Where: NWAC’s Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre, 120 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Que.

Media who wish to attend at any point in the day are requested to notify Gloria Galloway at: or 613-447-6648


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