Free Webinar: Virtual Reconcili’action Sharing Circle (September 29, 2023)

On September 29, 2023, in honour of 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 speakers Peter Lang, President of the Chilliwack Métis Association and Dr. Francis Horne Sr, Elder who will be sharing their own reconcili’action journeys.

The 90-minute webinar, Reconcili’action Sharing Circle, created and hosted by Gracie, will take place on Friday, September 29, 2023 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm PDT. The webinar is being made available to organizations and participants from across the province.

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

Gracie Kelly
Lisa Demers

Gracie Kelly’s family roots are with the Th’ewali (Soowahlie First Nations) Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe. She is a Cultural Safety and Humility facilitator, an educator, enjoys sharing traditional teachings and is an advocate of supporting Indigenous communities. Gracie works with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice, a non-profit society that represents Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners 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.

Peter Lang (He/Him) is a Métis Nation citizen currently residing in the unceded traditional territory of the Pilalt, Ts'elxwéyeqw, and Sema:th people. He is currently President of the Chilliwack Métis Association (CMA), which is a non-profit chartered community of Métis Nation BC. As a non-profit, CMA’s goal is to reconnect Métis citizens with their culture, history and teachings. Peter stays busy by participating on many other boards, including Xyólheméylh (Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family Services Society), Fraser Valley Child Development Centre, Chilliwack Citizens for Change and others. Peter is passionate about Indigenous issues impacting First Nations, Métis and Inuit, particularly in the area of Social Justice, and is currently an Assistant Warden with the Correctional Service of Canada. Peter and his partner Carin have a blended family of 5 children, 3 dogs and 1 cat.

Dr. Horne is a highly respected First Nations Elder of the Lummi (Washington, USA), and Tsawout Nations (Saanich, BC). He provides spiritual and cultural support throughout the Fraser Valley region and beyond.  Dr. Horne received an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of the Fraser Valley in June of 2019 and is also a world-renowned, self-taught Coast Salish master carver. He is acknowledged as the first national Indigenous master carver to carry the equivalence of professor.

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.

In this webinar participants can expect to learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, how they have impacted Indigenous peoples in BC, focusing on the experiences of First Nations and Métis speakers, and what steps you can consider in your own reconcili’action journey.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar on September 29. This webinar will be recorded and registration is free. You are welcome to share this invitation with others within or outside of your organization.