“Miskamaso” means discover for yourself in Cree. And boy, did we ever!
On June 22, we held our first ever conference, with the goal of facilitating discussion on strategies toward Truth and Reconciliation in our daily lives, with the people we serve, and in our organizations and community.
We opened the conference with a Pipe Ceremony and closed with a Round Dance.
Michelle Thrush joined us as MC for the day, along with Richard Van Camp and Monique Gray Smith as keynote speakers. Our keynotes inspired and encouraged us to explore truths, to listen to stories, and that love is medicine.
Our panelists (Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, Rebecca Many Grey Horses, Brian Calliou, and Kirby Redwood) reminded us that vulnerability is a superpower, that we need truth before reconciliation can occur, and to focus on wise practices instead of best practices.
We sincerely thank all of our speakers, our youth, and all of the attendees for sharing their stories and experiences, and for having an open heart and mind on this journey of discovering for ourselves.
Another sincere thank you to our partners and sponsors: The Government of Canada, Genesis Centre, The City of Calgary FCSS, The Calgary Foundation, United Way of Calgary and Area, Repsol Oil & Gas Canada, and Nation Imagination.