About Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

In honour of the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, APTN and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation have come together to produce a one-hour commemorative gathering, Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

This special program honours residential school survivors, their families, their communities and all the children who never made it home. The gathering will be broadcast live across all APTN channels and a wide network of other Canadian broadcasters from coast to coast to coast. The commemoration, entitled Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, will serve as an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to grieve, heal and educate non-Indigenous Canadians on the tragic legacy that residential schools have left behind.  

Lineup and Guests* 

September 30, 2022, Live from LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa, 1-2 p.m. ET

Hosts: Charles Bender and Madeleine Allakariallak (English, Inuktitut and French)
Procession – with Bentwood Box, Leaders, Eagle River Singers (drum group)
Ceremony/Elder Blessing – Claudette Commanda
Opening remarks – Murray Sinclair
Performance – Beatrice Deer
Remarks – Richard Kistabish, French-speaking Survivor
Remarks – Stephanie Scott from NCTR, Missing Children Registry
Missing Children Procession – offering of shoes and performance by Eagle River Singers

Remarks – Dennis Saddleman, day school Survivor
RemarksHer Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, TRC Honourary Witness
Performance – Double the Trouble 
Remarks – Laurie McDonald, Métis Survivor
Remarks – Navalik Tologanak, Inuk Survivor
Removal of rattle from Bentwood Box
Performance – Inuksuk Drum Dancers
Closing – retire the Eagle staffs and flags 

*Subject to change and/or revisions 

 Broadcast Partners: 

  • Accessible Media (AMI-tv)
  • Blue Ant
  • CBC
  • Channel Zero – CHCH, Rewind and Silver Screen Classics
  • CPAC
  • CTV News
  • Hollywood Suite
  • OUTtv
  • Radio-Canada
  • Rogers
  • Super Channel – Heart & Home, Fuse
  • Uvagut TV

Indigenous Radio Partners: 

  • CKLB Radio
  • ELMNT Radio
  • MBC Radio
  • NCI FM
  • SiriusXM’s the Indigiverse

Web Livestreaming Partners:

  • Toronto Star
  • Globe and Mail

APTN linear premiere date: 

Sept. 30, 2022 (English) 

APTN lumi premiere date: 

Oct. 2, 2022 (English) 


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