ST
JOSEPH’S
MISSION
(CARIBOO)
RESIDENTIAL
SCHOOL
 PLANNING
COMMITTEE
 COMMUNIQUE
 December
21,
2012
 
 On
behalf
of
the
planning
committee
Chief
Fred
Robbins,
Esketemc
First
Nation
announced


today
that
a
series
of
events
will
be
held
in
the
spring
of
2013
to
commemorate
the
St
 Joseph’s
Mission
(Cariboo)
Residential
School
and
provide
a
foundation
for
the
ongoing
 shared
work
of
healing
and
reconciliation
in
the
Cariboo
Region.

 
 The
St
Joseph’s
Mission
(Cariboo)
Residential
School
operated
for
nearly
a
century
on
the
 Williams
Lake
First
Nation
lands
with
students
drawn
primarily
from
the
15
First
Nations
 in
the
Cariboo
Region.
The
‘official
dates’
for
the
school
are
July
19,
1891
to
June
30,
1981.
 
 The
commemoration
events
will
include:
 
 o Friday,
April
26,
2013
–
the
‘kick
off’
event
will
be
a
focus
on
the
Indian
Residential
 School
experience
as
part
of
the
Cariboo
Chilcotin
School
District
27
Professional
 Development
Day.
 
 o Thursday
and
Friday,
May
16‐17,
2013
–
formal
commemoration
and
reconciliation
 conference
events
to
be
convened
at
Thompson
Rivers
University
and
including
the
 dedication
of
2
monuments:
1
at
the
site
of
the
former
St
Joseph’s
Mission
(Cariboo)
 Indian
Residential
School;
and
1
in
Williams
Lake.
 
 o Saturday
and
Sunday,
May
18‐19,
2013
‐
reunion
for
former
students
–
Williams
 Lake
Pow
Wow
Arbour.
 
 The
events
are
being
planned
through
an
inclusive
planning
committee
comprised
of:
 former
students;
First
Nations
Chiefs,
Councilors
and
Tribal
Councils;
Municipal
and
 Regional
government
leaders
and
staff;
educators
from
School
District
27
and
Sxoxomic
 First
Nation
school;
the
RCMP
and
other
local
groups.

 
 Initial
funds
for
this
commemorative
event
have
been
provided
by
the
Truth
and
 Reconciliation
Commission.
Additional
funding
is
being
pursued
to
support
a
full
range
of
 activities
over
the
time
frames
mentioned
above.
 
 While
further
details
will
be
announced
as
they
are
finalized
through
the
planning
 committee,
at
this
point
we
see
these
events
as
being
uniquely
designed
to
meet
the
needs
 of
First
Nations
and
non‐First
Nations
alike
in
the
Cariboo
Region.
This
includes
the:

 
 • Inclusion
of
the
neighboring
municipalities
and
regional
government
in
planning
of
 the
events,
and
participating
in
the
reconciliation
process.



 Involvement
of
the
public
school
district
and
local
university
through
their
 participation
in
planning,
a
focus
on
residential
schools
at
the
April
26th
 Professional
Development
day
as
the
kick
off
event
for
a
series
of
activities,
and
the
 use
of
the
university’s
facilities
for
the
conference
events.
 Unveiling
of
2
monuments
–
one
at
the
former
school
site
dedicated
to
the
memory
 of
those
who
‘didn’t
make
it’
and
the
healing
journey
of
all
those
affected
by
the
 school;
and
a
2nd
similar
‘sister’
monument
in
Williams
Lake
dedicated
to
the
 ‘shared
journey
of
reconciliation’.
 
 Coordination
with
and
support
to
the
reunion
activities
of
the
former
students
of
the
 school
at
the
tribal
pow
wow
grounds
immediately
following
the
conference
events.
 
 Identification
of
continuation/legacy
activities
to
ensure
that
these
events
are
part
 of
an
ongoing
healing
and
reconciliation
dialogue
with
the
Cariboo
region.
Examples
 of
ideas
being
considered
include
having
First
Nations
and
Municipal
governments
 proclaiming
a
given
day
as
an
annual
residential
school
recognition
and
 reconciliation
day;
convening
an
annual
‘leadership’
forum
on
that
day
each
year
to
 discuss
the
state
of
reconciliation
in
the
entire
region;
and
planning
for
the
125
 anniversary
of
the
opening
of
the
school
in
2016.

 Release
of
a
book
on
one
student’s
experiences
at
this
very
school
will
be
released
 during
the
commemorative
events
on
May
17th.
The
book
entitled
Number
One:
 Secrets
of
Survival
at
an
Indian
Residential
School
was
done
independently
by
Chief
 Bev
Sellars,
Xatsu’ll
(Soda
Creek)
First
Nation
through
Talon
Books.





 Further
details
please
contact:
 
 Chief
Fred
Robbins,
Esketemc
First
Nation

 
 
 
 Al
Richmond/Joan
Sorley,
Cariboo
Regional
District

 
 
 Kerry
Cook,
City
of
Williams
Lake
 
 
 
 
 Mark
Thiesson,
Cariboo
Chilcotin
School
District

 
 
 Irvine
Johnson,
St
Joseph’s
Mission
Reunion
Facebook
Group




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