Truth, Healing & Reconciliation Day – October 14, 2017

Welcome to a journey of learning and sharing towards reconciliation and healing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Jointly sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Calgary and the Canadian Unitarian Council, this one-day event welcomes all who are interested in addressing the damage of colonization and in particular, the ongoing societal effects of the residential school system. Anyone interested in being part of the journey towards reconciliation and justice, is welcome!

As part of this experience, a local Calgary Elder group will facilitate the Kairos Blanket Exercise to guide participants through 400 years of Indigenous history on the land we know as Canada.

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2017

WHERE: Wild Rose United Church (1317 1 St NW, Calgary) & Unitarian Church of Calgary (1703 1 St NW)

COST: Adult – $90 | Student & Self-defined low-income – $50. Includes lunch

REGISTER Scroll down to register by September 29, 2017


10:15 am – 3:30 pm: At Wild Rose United Church

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Walk to Unitarian Church of Calgary

4:00 – 6:00 pm: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

Schedule Details:

10:15- 10:30 am: Registration

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Part I is the beginning of a shared journey towards truth, justice, healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It explores reconciliation and decolonization, and the commitment to engage with Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s 94 recommendations, using the lens of Unitarian Universalist principles of worth, respect, dignity, compassion and equity. Read the CUC’s Expression of Truth and Reconciliation from 2014.

12:00 – 1:00 pm:  Lunch

1:00 – 3:30 pm: Part I continued

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Walk to Unitarian Church of Calgary & Snacks

4:00 – 6:00 pm: KAIROS Blanket Exercise

The Blanket Exercise is an experiential learning exercise that takes participants through 400 years of Indigenous history in the space of a couple of hours. The blankets represent the land we know today as Canada. The participants represent the Indigenous peoples and are given quotations from Indigenous people to read at key points and cards which determine their outcome in the Exercise. Facilitators act as Narrators and an elder will open the Exercise and lead the talking/debriefing Circle after the Blanket Exercise is completed.

Facilitators for Part I

The Rev. Samaya Oakley currently serves as the Minister for the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation, and as the President of the Executive of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers of Canada. She is also a co-chair of a task force of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Reflection Guide – a task force that is creating reflection guides for Canadian Unitarian congregations around issues of the Indian Residential School system and its impact. She has been involved in Unitarian Universalism regionally, nationally and continentally in Unitarian Universalism for over twenty years. She considers herself blessed to have served as the Youth Program Coordinator at the North Shore Unitarian Church for close to fifteen years. She also holds degrees in Business Administration and Life Skills Coaching.

Jeff Webber grew up Unitarian, and has been actively involved as long as he can remember. As a child in Ottawa, and a youth in Hamilton, Unitarian teachings and values were ever present. Later with the Regina Fellowship, and now with Calgary Unitarians, he has been an active participant in leadership and a “big picture” thinker. Jeff recently began his journey toward truth and reconciliation through personal discernment, and hopes to further his learning through the facilitation and education process.

Registration is now closed.