Koski Matametan – Coming together on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Every September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation serves as a reminder of the shared commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, honouring the Survivors of residential schools and their families, and the children who never came home.

Public commemoration of the history of residential schools and their lasting consequences is an essential element of the reconciliation process.

In the spirit of fostering understanding and healing, the Atikamekw Nation Council organizes Koski Matametan, a large-scale event that brings together First Nations from across Quebec along with the general public. The event includes commemorative and ceremonial events as well as cultural celebrations. A dedicated psychological support team ensures attendees have a safe space for emotional well-being.

Funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) covered a wide range of costs for the 2023 event, from bands and drum performers to rental of technical equipment, materials for cultural activities, travel and accommodation, and promotional material.

The event is an opportunity to honour the memory of missing residential school children, Survivors and their descendants. It promotes reconciliation and is a celebration of pride and cultural identity, and a testament to the enduring spirit of First Nations in Quebec and everywhere.

Founded in 1982, the Atikamekw Nation Council – Atikamekw SiPi (CNA) is a non-profit corporation, born from the desire of the Atikamekw councils of Manawan, Opitciwan and Wemotaci to unite to offer programs and services to the Atikamekw population.

Atikamekw Nation Council – Atikamekw Spi

Funding Partner Diocese of Joliette