PHOTO ESSAY: Remembering the past to improve the future

(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Brenda Celeste, formerly the North Thompson Aboriginal resource teacher and now a teacher in Kamloops, speaks about how Sept. 30 is a day to reflect on the relationship between Canada and First Nations. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Brenda Celeste, formerly the North Thompson Aboriginal resource teacher and now a teacher in Kamloops, speaks about how Sept. 30 is a day to reflect on the relationship between Canada and First Nations. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Cheryl Thomas works in the kitchen at Dutch Lake Community Centre to make sure everyone has an adequate supply of bannock. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Cheryl Thomas works in the kitchen at Dutch Lake Community Centre to make sure everyone has an adequate supply of bannock. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
One of the event organizers, Cindy Wilgosh (l), watches as Dr. Richard Odin gestures to the crowd during the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)One of the event organizers, Cindy Wilgosh (l), watches as Dr. Richard Odin gestures to the crowd during the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Participants in the Truth and Reconciliation event held Friday afternoon, Sept 30, in Dutch Lake Community Centre stand a a sign of respect during the Welcoming Song. (Photo by Keith McNeill)Participants in the Truth and Reconciliation event held Friday afternoon, Sept 30, in Dutch Lake Community Centre stand a a sign of respect during the Welcoming Song. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
District of Clearwater CAO John Thomas based his talk on a song by Bob Marley. (Photo by Keith McNeill)District of Clearwater CAO John Thomas based his talk on a song by Bob Marley. (Photo by Keith McNeill)
Kevin Falcon, leader of the Opposition in the B.C. Legislature, speaks at the Truth and Reconciliation event. He was there to listen more than to talk, he said. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Kevin Falcon, leader of the Opposition in the B.C. Legislature, speaks at the Truth and Reconciliation event. He was there to listen more than to talk, he said. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
(L-r) Liv, Odin and Lauren Kadlun-Jones paint some wooden cutouts, one of several activities for kids at the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event on Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)(L-r) Liv, Odin and Lauren Kadlun-Jones paint some wooden cutouts, one of several activities for kids at the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event on Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell says Clearwater is an inclusive community. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell says Clearwater is an inclusive community. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Sheila Nyman shares her experiences the work she did helping residential school survivors who testified at Sen. Murray Sinclair’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Sheila Nyman shares her experiences the work she did helping residential school survivors who testified at Sen. Murray Sinclair’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Tim Edwards plays the loon flute as he waits for the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event to get underway. Son of Blackpool resident Rose McArthur, he lives in Enderby and is a member of the Splatsin band. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Tim Edwards plays the loon flute as he waits for the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event to get underway. Son of Blackpool resident Rose McArthur, he lives in Enderby and is a member of the Splatsin band. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)
Tori Barstow enjoys some three sisters chili with bannock as she takes a break from working in the kitchen. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)Tori Barstow enjoys some three sisters chili with bannock as she takes a break from working in the kitchen. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

(L-r) Rose McArthur, Tim Edwards and Shaween Foureyes sing the Welcoming Song at the start of a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Brenda Celeste, formerly the North Thompson Aboriginal resource teacher and now a teacher in Kamloops, speaks about how Sept. 30 is a day to reflect on the relationship between Canada and First Nations. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Cheryl Thomas works in the kitchen at Dutch Lake Community Centre to make sure everyone has an adequate supply of bannock. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

One of the event organizers, Cindy Wilgosh (l), watches as Dr. Richard Odin gestures to the crowd during the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event at Dutch Lake Community Centre on Friday afternoon, Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Participants in the Truth and Reconciliation event held Friday afternoon, Sept 30, in Dutch Lake Community Centre stand a a sign of respect during the Welcoming Song. (Photo by Keith McNeill)

District of Clearwater CAO John Thomas based his talk on a song by Bob Marley. (Photo by Keith McNeill)

Kevin Falcon, leader of the Opposition in the B.C. Legislature, speaks at the Truth and Reconciliation event. He was there to listen more than to talk, he said. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

(L-r) Liv, Odin and Lauren Kadlun-Jones paint some wooden cutouts, one of several activities for kids at the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event on Sept. 30. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Clearwater mayor Merlin Blackwell says Clearwater is an inclusive community. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Sheila Nyman shares her experiences the work she did helping residential school survivors who testified at Sen. Murray Sinclair’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Tim Edwards plays the loon flute as he waits for the National Truth and Reconciliation Day event to get underway. Son of Blackpool resident Rose McArthur, he lives in Enderby and is a member of the Splatsin band. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

Tori Barstow enjoys some three sisters chili with bannock as she takes a break from working in the kitchen. (Times photo by Keith McNeill)

By Keith McNeill

Event in Clearwater marks National Truth and Reconciliation Day