National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Welcome to Brock University’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Today’s events are sponsored by Aboriginal Student Services, The Office of Indigenous Engagement, The Brock University Students’ Union, Human Rights and Equity, and Brock Alumni.

Land Acknowledgement

Janet Westbury

Experiential Education Coordinator, Health Sciences

Smudging ceremony & raising of the flags

For the first time in Brock’s history, Indigenous flags will be raised to half-mast to honour those who lost their lives to the Canadian Indian Residential School System and to those who survived.

Prior to the raising of the flags, a traditional smudging ceremony took place on the grounds of Brock University, which is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Anishinaabe peoples.


Peter Beaucage

Elder: Abiidaasmose

Aabiidaasmosede, spirit name, Hoof Clan Ojibwe from Nipissing First Nation. Born in 1952 raised on his first Nation.

Peter began his healing journey more than 40 years ago in 1979 and continues to practice healthy living every day. He is now retired from teaching at Canadore College, where he worked for 25 years. He developed the two-year Indigenous Wellness Program for the college and Indigenous students to graduate with a diploma and work in the social work sector. He and his wife Debbie are both Ceremonial people and live their Anishinaabe way of life. They travel to First Nation communities during the summer months, providing presentations, workshops and ceremonies. Peter also gets invited to work as the head Elder at Pow Wows throughout the year and continues to work at Canadore College as an invited Elder visiting social worker programs during the school year.

Messages from members of the Brock Community

It is an honour to have so much support from faculty, staff and the administration from throughout the institution. A few of our colleagues have offered to share their thoughts on the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Lynn Wells

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor
Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Robyn Bourgeois

Acting Vice-Provost,
Indigenous Engagement

Sandra Wong

Director, Aboriginal Student Services

Leela Madhava Rau

Executive Director, Human Rights and Equity

Stanley Henry

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education

Tim Kenyon

Vice-President, Research

Brad Clarke

Director, Student Life & Success

Rafay Rehan

BUSU President

Christopher Yendt

GSA President

Closing remarks

Peter Beaucage

Elder: Abiidaasmose

Show your support

Anyone who is on campus is invited to offer their support for Indigenous communities by posting messages of truth and reconciliation at a display in the Rankin Family Pavilion.

They can also show their support by taking pictures of themselves wearing orange shirts and sending the photos to Aboriginal Events Co-ordinator Cindy Biancaniello ( to be shared on the Aboriginal Student Services social media platforms.

We invite you to visit many of our partners and allies to learn more about the history of the residential school system.

Community Events

Lesson From Wampum Diplomacy

Niagara Falls History Museum

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Truth and Reconciliation Days

Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre

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Orange Shirt Day

Niagara College

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Orange Shirt Day


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Share in a Journey

Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle

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Hear Phyllis Webstad’s Truths

Medicine Wheel Education

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Links & Resources

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Calls to Action

Download PDF

The Brock Library

A collection of books, ebooks and video to help us learn more about the impact of residential schools.


Legacy of Hope Foundation

National Indigenous charitable organization with the mandate to educate and create awareness and understanding about the Residential School System.


Generations Lost

Healing the Legacy of the Residential Schools Exhibit


Legacy of Hope Foundation

Virtual Exhibitions


Aboriginal Student Services at Brock

Providing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for Aboriginal students and visitors to our campus.


Human Rights & Equity at Brock

A resource for all Brock community members to provide information, education, assistance, and advice on issues related to human rights, harassment, discrimination and bullying.


Photo Gallery