Returning Home and Pathways to Reconciliation

September 23, 2021

As part of a 2021 campaign to commemorate Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre and partners at UBC would like to invite UBC classes, and all staff, students and faculty members, to participate in a very special film screening and discussion event:

Returning Home and Pathways to Reconciliation
Film screening and Q&A with Phyllis Webstad
27 September 2021; 11:00am – 1:00pm
Live, in-person event at the Chan Centre

“Returning Home” weaves the story of two parallel narratives. The first is the story of Phyllis Webstad, a Survivor of the former St. Joseph’s Mission residential school in Williams Lake and originator of Orange Shirt Day. The second is the story of the steady decline of wild pacific salmon. This 45-minute film is the first feature length documentary produced by Canadian Geographic. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Sean Stiller, it is set to tour the film festival circuit this fall, beginning with the Vancouver Film Festival on October 1, 2021.

We are pleased to be able to showcase the film in advance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. This event will include a Musqueam welcome and opening remarks by Dr. Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem and IRSHDC Academic Director Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond-Lafond (Aki-Kwe).  A post-screening conversation and Q&A with Phyllis, moderated by Dr. Turpel-Lafond, will follow the film.

This event is presented in partnership with the First Nations House of Learning, UBC Learning Circle, and the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health. It is free and open to all members of the UBC community and general public, however registration is required to ensure safe distancing and other COVID protocols are followed. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required for the event taking place at the Chan Centre.

Register here

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