Free Events Associated with the Conference

While there is a fee to participate in the Pathways to Reconciliation Conference, a number of other great activities are happening on campus and around town – all free and open to the public!

Reconciliation: Drawing with Reaction, Insight and Resolution

Pre-conference workshop
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
2:30 – 5:30 pm

Heap of birds

Join Cheyenne artist and professor Edgar Heap of Birds in a workshop that will produce a large-scale drawing. The workshop is open to conference participants, as well as members of the Winnipeg community.

The theme of the collective artwork will be issues stemming from social justice, accurate First Nations history, personal stories, healing and reconciliation. An artistic exploration is often an enriching method to discover hidden emotions and histories involving difficult policies and topics.

Heap of Birds, noted for his international artistic efforts using language, will begin the large drawing with a text based image from his vantage point of visiting tribal member, Traditional Cheyenne Warrior Society Leader and empathetic world artist. All participants will then begin to add their own expressive insights formed by words of different sizes, fonts and meanings. Text will become image and visual form as well as an intellectual landscape of sensations.

All participants are welcome to join in to contribute with this open and creative event, which utilizes seven foot by ten foot, high quality rag paper and jumbo black art markers.

The drawing will be completed during our session together. We will hang/install the drawing and offer our evaluations of the expression. As we examine the piece we can share interpretations of the text-based sentiments, thus learning from one another and offering progress together towards reconciliation.

This unique opportunity is sponsored by The University of Winnipeg’s Gallery 1C03 and Office of the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs and Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is requested. To register, email Gallery 1C03 Director/Curator Jennifer Gibson at

About the Artist

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds works in multiple media, having shown his paintings, drawings, prints, and text-based conceptual works in numerous countries. Heap of Birds roots his practice in Cheyenne spirituality and an indigenous way of seeing and being in the world. Whether appearing as interventions in public spaces or in a gallery, Heap of Birds's carefully honed artworks pose questions about time, modernity, identity, power, and the meaning and value of contemporary art in a global culture.

Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979), his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1976) and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts (2008).

Museums that have exhibited his works include The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of the American Indian, The National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia, Documenta, Germany, Orchard Gallery, Northern Ireland, Association for Visual Arts Museum, South Africa, Hong Kong Art Center, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia, Grand Palais, Paris, and the Venice Biennale, Italy.

From Amnesia – Film Screening

Monday June 13 - 7:30 pm
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street

Join filmmakers Janine Windolf and Trudy Stewart for a screening of their film From Amnesia. From Amnesia is a short documentary on the Regina Indian Industrial School (RIIS), its descendants and legacy.  Run by the Presbyterian Church of Canada, the school opened its doors in 1891.  
In 1921, a prairie fire destroyed the wooden crosses used to mark the deceased RIIS students' graves.  The unmarked cemetery recently came back into the public eye when questions arose as to what to do with the site, the exact number of graves, who may be buried on the land, would it be re-memorialized, and how.
A collective of voices ranging from descendants of the school, concerned church members inspired to activism, local Elders and historians, share the history of the Regina Indian Industrial School and how it permeates present day culture.

Sharing Circles

Thursday June 16th
Multi-purpose Room, Axworthy RecPlex, University of Winnipeg

10:00 am
1:00 pm
3:30 pm

Do you have something you want to share?  Sharing Circles taking place on Thursday June 18th give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences on the record.   Participants are free to share their experiences on residential schools, the path of reconciliation moving forward, traditional knowledge or other elements they wish to share.   Space is limited.   Registration on site required.    

Information Sessions on the NCTR

Friday June 17th
University of Winnipeg

These information sessions provide an overview of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, its mandate and the archives it holds.  Bring your questions about accessing the records, photographs and statements collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission!

Meet Me At the Belltower - special event on Reconciliation

Friday June 17th
North End Bell Tower, 133 Charles Street
6:00 pm

Join the Bell Town family in a special gathering to discuss Truth and the path of Reconciliation moving forward.   More information on the North End Bellow Tower Facebook page!