Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation

Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation imageNorth Okanagan Early Years Conference

This innovative conference features two days of presentations focused on sharing Indigenous knowledge with those who work with children and families in the Okanagan region, as well as those interested in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. 

Co-sponsored by Early Childhood Educators of B.C. and Okanagan College, Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation is designed to inspire the first step in the pathway of understanding the truth and taking the journey towards reconciliation as we honour children.


Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation, North Okanagan Early Years Conference with keynote presenter, workshops and networking opportunities  

When: Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24

Where: Okanagan College’s Vernon campus, 7000 College Way. Online map.

Register:  Download the form and submit directly to ECEBC.


Monique Gray SmithKeynote speaker Monique Gray Smith, an award-winning author and leader, will present the “4 Blankets of Resiliency” concept she developed to support wellness of children and families (strong sense of self; family; community; and culture, language and connection to the land) and how these factors might be used to strengthen
programming and services.

The conference program includes:

  • Jordan’s Principle, by Rachel Marchand
  • K’nmalĺka Sәnqâĺtәn - Kalamalka Indigenous Garden, by Michael Ochoa and Tonya Godin
  • Stick Game and Songs by Walline Parker
  • Truth and Reconciliation: What it means for non-Indigenous ECE Workers, by Rachel Marchand
  • Story of Our Ways, by Natalie Chambers and Bill Cohen
  • Policy and Land Acknowledgement, by Mollie Bono and Jan Shumay (Friday only)

Friday, Nov. 23    Saturday, Nov. 24 
 7:30 – 8 a.m.
8 – 10:10 a.m.

10:10 – 10:30 p.m.
10:30 – 11:25 a.m.

11:25 – 11:30 a.m.


Welcome and opening remarks
Keynote presenter: Monique Gray Smith
Coffee/snack break
Policy and Land Acknowledgement: Mollie Bono and Jan Shumay
  7:30 – 8 a.m. 
8 - 10 a.m.

10 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 - 12 p.m.
12 - 1 p.m.
1 - 2 p.m.
2:30 - 3 p.m.
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Welcome and opening remarks
Keynote presenter: Monique Gray Smith
Coffee/snack break
Monique Gray Smith
Conference workshop sessions: 1A, 1B, 1C
Conference workshop sessions: 2A, 2B, 2C

Campus details

Okanagan College’s Vernon campus is located on the traditional unceded territory of the Okanagan (Syilx) First Nation. 

  • Getting there: The campus can be found at 7000 College Way, just off of Highway 97. Online map. Parking is available on the campus, with full-day permits available for $5. Parking is free on Saturday. Transit is also available, and participants can visit BC Transit’s website for schedules and details.
  • Getting around: Your package will advise of workshop rooms and locations. Here is a campus map to orient yourself to the buildings.


Registration for Pathways to Truth and Reconciliation is through ECEBC. Download this form, complete the information and submit the form and credit card information by fax 604-709-6077 or email to Cheques can be sent with completed applications by mail to 309-515 W. Pender St., Vancouver, B.C., V6B 1V5.

Sponsors and Planning Committee Sponsor logos

The Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation Planning Committee gratefully acknowledges
the support of our partners and sponsor organizations. 

The Planning Committee: Marilyn Alexis, Okanagan College; Connie Deane, First Nations Friendship Centre; Trina Devine, Okanagan Boys and Girls Club; Lorraine Ladan, Sc’c’amala?tn OKIB; Leola McMillan, ECEBC North Okanagan Branch; Rachel Marchand, BCACCS/Aboriginal Success by 6; Lynne Reside, Children First North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap; Heather Todd, NONA Child Development Centre Society; Tracy Williamson, Success by 6/NOEYC; Angela Wrede, Okanagan Nation Alliance.