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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:

gloria@gloriagalloway.com or 613-447-6648


Media Contact:

For information, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Annette Goerner
+1 (613) 818-6941

Pour obtenir plus d’information ou prendre des dispositions pour une interview, contacter:

Annette Goerner
+1 (613) 818-6941

About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.