Free Virtual Talking Circle: Reconciliation Takes Heart Work and Hard Work (September 30, 2022)


On September 30, 2022, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we invite you to join Gracie Kelly, Indigenous Relations Manager at the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, and guest speaker Eddie Gardner (T’it’elem Spath) to revisit past reflections on the TRC and to explore heart work and relationships to the land as paths towards reconciliation.

The 90-minute webinar, Reconciliation Takes Heart Work and Hard Work, created and hosted by Gracie, will take place on Friday September 30, 2022 from 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT. The webinar is being made available to organizations and participants from across the province.

Gracie Kelly
Eddy Gardner
Lisa Demers

Gracie Kelly’s family roots are with the Soowahlie/Xaxlip First Nations and she is a Cultural Safety and Humility facilitator, an educator, enjoys sharing traditional teachings and is an advocate of supporting Indigenous and communities. Gracie works with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, a non-profit society that represents Family Physicians in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Seabird Island and Hope. Their members provide primary care services from Chilliwack to Boothroyd and strive to improve health care services for patients by supporting an engaged and collegial medical community.

Eddie Gardner (T’it’elem Spath) is a Council member of Sqwa’ First Nation, Pilalt Tribe Chilliwack. T’it’elem Spath graduated from University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He is committed to the revival of the Halq’eméylem language and contributes to language workshops. Through Sweat Lodge ceremonies and Medicine Wheel workshops, T’it’elem Spath openly spreads his traditional and cultural knowledge through storytelling and drumming, and is also a leader to support the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance.

Lisa Demers is a Research Analyst at Reichert & Associates who will be facilitating the webinar. Lisa leads several health and social service evaluations across BC, focusing on Primary Care Network initiatives and mental health services. She has been honoured to work with and learn from Gracie over the past two years and is committed to exploring how evaluation can be used as a tool to support reconciliation.

This webinar will focus on understanding Indigenous perspectives on paths towards reconciliation with truth, justice, and healing, reflections on the Pope’s apology to residential school survivors, and where each of us can go moving forward.

If you would like to attend this webinar, please register using the link below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar on September 30. This webinar will be recorded and registration is free. You are welcome to share this invitation with others within or outside of your organization.