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Unveiling at Reconciliation Wall
September 30, 2021 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
A Traditional Coast Salish Ceremony to unveil the Reconciliation Wall, the Coast Salish house post carved by renowned Squamish Nation artist, Xwalacktun, and a glass panel, at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church during our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This is in response to the bronze plaque, displayed at the church since 1940, to commemorate the founder of the Coqualeetza Residential School. Xwalacktun’s house post design embeds the bronze plaque into the centre of this powerful twelve-foot house post. The plaque takes on a important new voice in truth telling about the United Church of Canada’s role in the Indian Residential School system.
The Reconciliation Wall honours children who were forced to attend the residential schools, and those who carry the weight of the enduring intergenerational impacts. We hope that it creates a welcoming space for Indigenous neighbours, raising conscience, stimulating reflection and dialogue, that calls each of us to take action on reconciliation.