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Indigenous speaker series begins Sept. 29 at RSM

Royal Saskatchewan Museum program to be shared online
A Solstice Speaker Series is designed to foster conversations about truth and reconciliation according to the RSM.

REGINA ‑ A four-part Indigenous speaker series ‑ the Solstice Speaker Series is being offered by the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.

The series is the result of a partnership between SGI and the Friends of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, according to an RSM press release.

All of the speaker series presentations will be recorded and shared online by the RSM.

The first speaker series event will be part of Orange Shirt Day activities commemorating Residential School System survivors and their families taking place at the RSM Sept. 29.

That evening, the RSM will be playing the film "We Were Children" about two young children who were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. The program includes a guest presenter and following the film, there will be a chance to discuss the film and ask questions.

Sept. 30, the RSM has invited one classroom for Orange Shirt Day programming. This session will be live-streamed to allow for more classroom participation across Saskatchewan.

"Supporting the Solstice Speaker Series is an important part of SGI's commitment to the Indigenous community in Saskatchewan," SGI President and CEO Andrew Cartmell said.

"We applaud the Friends of the RSM for giving a voice and platform to important stories that we all need to hear."

The Friends of the RSM is a non-profit charitable organization that works with the RSM to provide educational opportunities and services, including funding new exhibits, programs and environmental research.

"We want to thank SGI for their generous support and participation with our organization," Friends of RSM Executive Director Craig Perrault said. "This Indigenous-focused series will be a yearlong conversation designed to reflect the emotion, introspection, and change that happens each season. Our hope is to create active listening and participation with the audience through Indigenous leaders sharing their stories and teachings as part of our steps toward truth and reconciliation."