APTN and NCTR to host national live event “Remembering the Children” on Parliament Hill

TREATY 1 TERRITORY, WINNIPEG, Man. — In honour of the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR), APTN, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation will join forces to produce a 90-minute multilingual commemoration on September 30, 2023. The gathering will be broadcast live across the country from Parliament Hill, on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation.

The commemoration, entitled Remembering the Children, is supported by Canadian Heritage and seeks to honour residential school Survivors, pay tribute to the children who never made it home, and deliver a safe and nurturing environment for reconciliation and healing. This year’s gathering will begin with a procession to place the eagle staff and the NCTR’s Bentwood Box on stage, will encompass powerful reflections from esteemed Elders and Survivors, including Claudette Commanda, Dr. Evan Adams and Dr. Levinia Brown and will feature moving performances by First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists such as Aysanabee, Willows, Alicia Kayley and more.

“National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to come together in a spirit of healing and understanding,” said APTN CEO Monika Ille. “Remembering the Children offers us an opportunity to honour our shared history, celebrate resilience and work towards a future where every voice is heard, and every story matters.”

Remembering the Children is where we come together to honour residential school Survivors and the little ones who never came home,” said Stephanie Scott, Executive Director for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. “This commemoration is our time to reflect collectively as a nation as we listen to the Elders and Survivors who are sharing their oral histories and their healing journeys. Only then can we truly begin to walk the path of reconciliation together.”

Hosted by Charles Bender and Madeleine Allakariallak, Remembering the Children will include dialogue in English, French and Indigenous languages. The live gathering will be broadcast on all APTN channels and made available to all Canadian broadcasters to ensure that audiences across the country can tune in and join us on the collective journey towards reconciliation. Participating networks include AMI-tv, Blue Ant Media, The Canadian Press, CBC, CHCH TV, Citytv, CPAC, CTV, CTVNews.ca, CTV News app, Global News, Hollywood Suite, Inuit TV, Knowledge Network, OutTV, Radio-Canada, Super Channel, TV5 and Uvagut TV.

“On this day of remembrance and reflection, I encourage everyone to join me in reaffirming our commitment to be part of the healing process, and to listen to and amplify First Nations, Inuit and Métis voices and stories. This commemorative gathering allows us to honour the memory of those who never returned home, the Survivors, their families and their communities. It also inspires us to continue learning and to keep moving forward on the path of Reconciliation.”
— The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage

The public is invited to attend the gathering on September 30 at 1 p.m. ET on Parliament Hill, and attendees are encouraged to bring a pair of traditional shoes to place at the front of the stage in honour of all the Indigenous children who have gone missing. After the event, the footwear will be donated to charity.

For those who are unable to watch or participate on the day of, the broadcast will be available for streaming on APTN lumi on October 2. In addition, APTN will broadcast a full weekend of special programming to honour residential school Survivors, their families and their communities. This programming, which will feature a range of educational shows and documentaries, will begin on September 30 and will air across all APTN channels.

Visit www.aptntv.ca/ndtr for specific showtimes and more information.

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