Lunch and Learn: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation


Date: Tuesday, September 27
Time: Noon to 1:00 pm
Fee: Free Admission
Location: The Carnegie Room, MacLaren Art Centre

In recognition of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, join us for a talk with a residential school survivor Bernard Nelson. Organized by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre.

Bernard Nelson is a Residential School Survivor of the Pelican Lake Indian Residential School in Sioux Lookout, ON. His ancestry is Cree and Ojibway and his grandmother delivered him in 1958, in Ombabika, ON, a remote northern area near Lake Nipigon in Canada.

He remembers watching his grandparents as a young boy survive off the land; trapping, hunting, fishing, picking wild rice and gathering medicines, cutting wood, hauling wood and water, traveling by canoe in the summer, and snowshoeing in the winter.

Bernard is a long time Men’s Traditional Dancer, Eagle Staff Carrier, Pipe Carrier, and Sundancer who lives his life by following the Seven Grandfather Traditional Teachings such as Love, Respect, Honesty, Humility, Bravery, Wisdom, and Truth, and living the Ceremonial ways of his people. He works with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit students from all over Canada. Some of his work includes the Assembly of First Nation Canada, Students Commission of Canada, Pathways/YMCA Youth Exchange, Teach for Canada, as well as work within various School Boards.

Bernard is the Aboriginal Leadership Opportunity Year Elder, with eleven years at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON. He was First Nations Elder with eleven years at Black Bear Culture Camp in Base Borden and Gagetown, and the First Nations Elder with three years at the Canadian Forces Aboriginal Entry Program in St. Jean. Being a First Nations person does not make Bernard superior to any of his fellow brothers and sisters. He is happy to share his knowledge today and will continue to help the people whenever requested.

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