"Nothing about us without us."
Rocky View Local #35, situated in the heart of Treaty 7 Territory in southern Alberta, is actively seeking to take proactive steps towards truth and reconciliation with our local Indigenous communities and peoples. No apology or single action can undo the pervasive intergenerational trauma that has been inflicted upon Indigenous people. However, through this collaborative art project, our goals are to create greater awareness of the rich culture, language, and history of Indigenous people in Treaty 7 Territory and to understand the history of genocide and the oppression of Indigenous people.
Since October 2017, our goal is to have each of our schools create at least one lapghan blanket every year, to be presented to residential school survivors who are part of the Treaty 7 Nations.
These Reconciliation Blankets are created in the memory of Dr. Peter Bryce who was a courageous advocate for First Nations' child health. In 1904, he was hired by the Department of the Interior to manage public health issues in both the Immigration Department and Indian Affairs. In 1907, he issued a report critical of the health conditions in the residential school system of western Canada.
Reconciliation Blankets, created in his memory, symbolize the comfort, love, warmth, and compassion of which survivors of Indian residential schools were robbed.
Further information on Dr. Bryce, as well as lapghan patterns are found here: brycesblankets.wordpress.com
Click here to download RVATA#35's Project Reconciliation which contains details of the project and the basic lapghan pattern.