Truth and Reconciliation Event

September 29, 2023 – We gathered together to remember, heal, and empower communities at The Gatehouse Healing Garden. We are grateful for the courage, knowledge sharing, wisdom and kindness of Kristi White, Leonard Benoit, and Kaitlyn Chapman. The event helped to shed light on critical issues facing Indigenous peoples in Canada through an impactful art exhibit, research presentations by students, and engaging storytelling. As we gathered in this serene oasis, we honored and remembered the rich cultural heritage of Indigenous communities while addressing the challenges they face today. 

The Gatehouse was presented with an Eagle Feather at this event by Kristi White, who highlighted the responsibility of the protection of children and the work The Gatehouse. An Eagle Feather symbolizes respect, honour, strength, courage and wisdom.

Speaker Bios

Kaitlyn Chapman – Kaitlyn is from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory now living in Toronto. She is the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator at Humber College and actively works with her team to partner with Indigenous communities to develop outreach initiatives that are meaningful, authentic, and responsive to the strengths and diverse needs of Indigenous learners, families, and communities.

Leonard Benoit – Leonard, is Qalipu Mi’kmaq from Burgeo, Newfoundland and Labrador, is one of 10 Indigenous patient navigators working across the province. He supports patients at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre and other hospitals in Toronto.

Kristi White – Kristi is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. She is an author and her focus is on Indigenous language and culture revitalization, and an awakening in boy’s literacy. Kristi White a proud Haudnosaunee woman. As a mother and grandmother, Kristi has spent many years guiding the establishment and implementation of programs for families and children based around healthy living, healthy relationships, literacy and cultural appropriate content and has worked alongside and consulted with numerous agency’s across Canada. Kristi is a children’s Author who h

as a 5 book series, The Adventures of Jay and Gizmo, that is focused on indigenous children especially boys and literacy. Kristi and her family are very culturally and socially active in their communities and participate in many events and ceremonies.

The Healing Garden will serve as a symbolic space for us to learn, share experiences, and collectively move towards healing and understanding. It provides an opportunity to engage with diverse perspectives, fostering empathy and compassion.

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