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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Nature of Healing


Film & video Truth and Reconciliation
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Guelph Civic Museum

52 Norfolk St

Guelph, ON



Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible, has gender-neutral washrooms, will have a sign language interpreter, and is a relaxed performance.


To acknowledge the histories and honour the lived experiences of residential school survivors on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Guelph Museums and the Guelph Film Festival co-present a public screening of The Nature of Healing, in collaboration with JamLab Productions, on Saturday, September 30 from 1 to 3 PM.

Following the screening, audience members are invited to participate in a dialogue with Faith Howe/JamLab Productions, Kimber Sider/Guelph Film Festival, and Dawn Owen/Guelph Museums. Survivors of Mohawk Institute may also choose to take part in the conversation.

Visitors are encouraged to spend time, before and after the film, with the exhibitions Where the Rivers Meet and No Word for Art: Exploring the Indigenous Roots of Creativity (curated by Naomi Smith, Chippewas of Nawash), on view at the Guelph Civic Museum.

The Nature of Healing is the spoken truth of seven Survivors of Mohawk Institute, Canada’s first and longest running Indian residential school. From victim to survivor to activist, this is a story of resistance, resilience, and a healing path.



City of Guelph Museums & Culture

Guelph Museums and Culture exists to:

* Collect and protect artifacts, artworks and stories that reflect our community

* Share the collections and stories − locally, nationally and internationally − through exhibition, interpretation, and online access

* Provide inclusive, accessible, interactive, and enlightening experiences

* Nurture interest and engagement in history, art and culture

* Cultivate a connection to place, with focus on the tangible and intangible cultural landscape unique to Guelph

Guelph Museums and Culture is pleased to commission this activation for Culture Days in support of our local artists and in service of our local community and beyond.

In Guelph we’re grounded in community and our deep connection to the environment. We look out for one another, celebrate our diversity and smile at each other in the streets. We are leaders who shape tomorrow. We tackle local and global challenges through innovation, art and action. And we’re committed to inclusive prosperity – because together, we’re stronger.

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