September 21, 2023

In honour of the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, APTN and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) have joined forces once again to produce a 90-minute commemorative gathering on September 30 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on the unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. This commemoration will take place from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live across Canada.  

APTN and NCTR invite you to join them at the gathering for an opportunity to conduct in-person interviews with spokespeople for their respective organizations, as well as with artists, speakers and Survivors who are involved in the event.  

NOTE: Interviews must be coordinated in advance. Media interested in attending the event must RSVP here by September 29, 2023. Passes and accreditation must be picked up at the media tent between 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  


Media interviews as part of Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023 on Saturday, September 30. 


Parliament Hill
111 Wellington St., Ottawa ON 
Click here for the map. No parking available on-site. 


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Media passes and accreditation to be picked up (at the media tent) 

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Media access to representatives (at the media tent) 

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET
Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023
Commemorative gathering
Opportunity to capture photos, b-roll and audio  

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. ET
Media access to representatives (at the media tent) 


  • Stephanie Scott, NCTR Executive Director 
  • Jennifer Wood, NCTR Intergovernmental and Community Relations Liaison 
  • Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, NCTR Governing Circle Chair 
  • Dr. Levinia Brown, Survivor, NCTR Governing Circle
  • Laurie McDonald, Survivor, NCTR Survivors Circle  
  • Brian Normand, Survivor, NCTR Survivors Circle 
  • Adam Garnet Jones, APTN Director of TV Content and Special Events 
  • Select artists and speakers available — please reach out to confirm

Click here for more information about Remembering the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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About APTN
APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world. Since then, the network has become a global leader in programming that celebrates the rich diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and beyond. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, APTN shares authentic stories in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages with nearly 10 million Canadian households. APTN proudly features over 80% Canadian content and inspires audiences via multiple platforms, including its Indigenous-focused streaming service, APTN lumi.

About NCTR
The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. The NCTR was created as part of the mandate of the TRC. The TRC was charged to listen to Survivors, their families, communities and others affected by the residential school system and educate Canadians about their experiences. The resulting collection of statements, documents and other materials now forms the sacred heart of the NCTR. 

The NCTR’s Bentwood Box contains symbolic items from across the country and serves as a tribute to residential school Survivors and their experiences.   

Media Contacts:
Joëlle Saltel
Manager of Communications, APTN
(431) 557-9909
[email protected] 

Shasta Chartrand
Director, Communications and Digital Strategy, NCTR
(204) 474-6069 
[email protected] 

Cali Timmins
Senior Consultant, Media Profile
(647) 206-5787
[email protected]