More than 200 people turned out at St. Peter’s United Church on November 7th for the film launch of Truly and Humbly: Memories of the First Apology by filmmaker Hoi Cheu. Truly and Humbly documents the stories and experiences of those present with the United Church apologized to the indigenous people of Canada for failing to recognise the value of their spirituality and for imposing Western civilization on indigenous people. The film not only documents the past but calls non-indigenous Canadians to walk different past. The evening of November 7th, featured the documentary film followed by questions and answers with the filmmaker and project committee members. Moderator Rev. Jordan Cantwell and Sheila Cote-Meek, Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs both provided reflection on the film and the work to be done towards reconciliation. The United Church presented Hoi Cheu with a painting as a thank you for his volunteer work that made the project possible. Artist Leland Bell presented Hoi Cheu with the work.
Drum circle Waabishki Mkwaa.
Chief Steven Miller of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek giving a welcome before the film viewing.
Filmmaker Hoi Cheu speaking with the audience following the documentary film viewing.
Artist Leland Bell presenting Hoi Cheu with painting.
United Church Moderator Rev. Jordan Cantwell speaking with audience member following the documentary.