Photo Gallery: Remembering the Past: A Window to the Future

On November 26, 2012, the Government of Canada commemorated the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools through the dedication of a stained glass window in Parliament. The window is permanently installed in Centre Block on Parliament Hill.

Image 1: In this photo, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Andrew Scheer, addresses guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window on November 26, 2012.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 2: In this photo, Parliamentary Secretary Greg Rickford looks on as Elder Annie Smith St-Georges delivers the opening prayer at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window on November 26, 2012.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 3: In this photo, Métis artist Christi Belcourt – whose design is featured in the window - addresses guests at the Ceremony and explains her artwork.

To learn more about the design of 'Giniigaaniimenaaning,' the stained glass window, watch Christi Belcourt explain her design in this video on AANDC's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9i4TzBCzRw&list=PL0C2FA9996A64C5B8&index

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 4: In this photo, former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, John Duncan, addresses guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 5: In this photo, Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Greg Rickford, watches as Inuit Elder Sally Webster lights the Qulliq.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 6: In this photo, an Inuit child waits patiently for her turn to perform at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 7: In this photo a few ladies in attendance take a moment to snap a photo of AANDC's photographer.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 8: In this photo, Inuit youth participate in the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 9: In this photo, Métis Elder Reta Gordon makes her way to the podium to bless of the stained glass window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 10: In this photo, former Indian Residential School Student and Selection Committee member, Madeleine Dion Stout, addresses guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 11: In this photo, Métis artist Christi Belcourt – whose design is featured in the window – smudges prior to addressing the guests in attendance at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 12: In this photo, Alo White, an elder with the Naotkamegwanning First Nation, sings the honour song that accompanies the design "Giniigaaniimenaaning" – which means "Looking Ahead" in English.

To learn more about the story behind the design, you can watch a video of Alo on AANDC's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojLqXndP5Gc

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 13: In this photo, Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, approaches the podium at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 14: In this photo, Wilton Littlechild, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, takes a moment to look at the stained glass window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 15: In this photo, Inuit children sing for the guests at the Dedication Ceremony.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 16: In this photo, Inuit children perform for the guests at Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 17: In this photo, three Inuit sisters are singing a song that they wrote in response to the historic 2008 Apology to former Indian Residential School students, their families and communities.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 18: In this photo, guests at the November 26, 2012 Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window Ceremony share a laugh.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 19: In this photo, Tony Belcourt, Métis leader and Christi Belcourt's father, talks with guests in attendance at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

You can watch Mr. Belcourt explain the significance of the location of stained glass window on AANDC's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6Tj9cuHbQ

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 20: A guest at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 21: In this photo, Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun attends the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 22: In this photo, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Deputy Minister Michael Wernick and former Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken, take in the intricate design of the window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 23: In this photo, guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window share a laugh.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 24: In this photo, Métis artist Christi Belcourt and Elder Alo White make their way to their seats at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 25: In this photo, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Parliamentary Secretary, Greg Rickford, looks on as Inuit Elder Sally Webster lights the Qulliq prior to the start of the Dedication Ceremony.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 26: Guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window, Centre Block of Canada's Parliament Buildings.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 27: In this photo, former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, John Duncan, formally presents Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons with the stained glass window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 28: In this photo, former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, John Duncan and the Speaker of the House of Commons, Andrew Scheer, at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 29: In this photo, member of the Stained Glass Window Selection Committee and Former Indian Residential School Student, Madeleine Dion Stout, addresses the guests at the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 30: In this photo, an Inuit child with his drum waits patiently for his turn to perform.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 31: In this photo, AANDC employee Katelin Peltier takes a break in front of the stained glass window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 32: In this photo: L-R
Alo White, Sally Webster, Greg Rickford, Annie Smith St-Georges, Reta Gordon, Madeleine Dion Stout.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 33: In this photo, Métis artist Christi Belcourt speaks with guests during reception following the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 34: In this photo, former Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, John Duncan, speaks to guests in attendance at the reception following the Dedication Ceremony for the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, go to http://www.legacyofhope.ca/

Image 35: In this photo, guests mingle during the reception held after the Dedication Ceremony on November 26, 2012.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 36: In this photo a guest visit Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's booth on Reconciliation to obtain more information on the Stained Glass Window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 37: In this photo, a guest pauses in front of the Legacy of Hope Foundation's "100 Years of Loss" exhibit. This bilingual mobile exhibition is designed to raise awareness about the history and legacy of residential schools and includes companion educational resources for students in grades 9-12. Consisting of eight thematic displays (4 in each official language), and a wavy wall that presents interweaving timelines, this educational resource lends itself to week-long activities or events.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, go to http://www.legacyofhope.ca/

Image 38: In this photo, Inuit youth read information contained in the Legacy of Hope Foundation's "100 Years of Loss" exhibit. This bilingual mobile exhibition is designed to raise awareness about the history and legacy of residential schools and includes companion educational resources for students in grades 9-12. Consisting of eight thematic displays (4 in each official language), and a wavy wall that presents interweaving timelines, this educational resource lends itself to week-long activities or events

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

For more information on the Legacy of Hope Foundation, go to http://www.legacyofhope.ca/

Image 39: In this photo, Commissioner Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission speaks with a church representative at the reception following the Dedication Ceremony.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 40: In this photo, Stephen Inglis, Chair of the Stained Glass Window Selection Committe and Madeleine Dion Stout, committee member stand in front of the window. The committee was responsible for recommending the artwork for the window.

You can watch a video of Mr. Inglis speaking about the selection process on AANDC's YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcHyG6z1kko&NR=1&feature=endscreen

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 41: In this photo: L-R
Stephen Inglis, Aideen Nabigon, Madeleine Dion Stout, Alo White, Christi Belcourt, Michael Wernick, Marie Wilson, Élisabeth Châtillon, Alia Butt.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 42: In this photo, Métis artist Christi Belcourt and Elder Alo White stand in front of the stained glass window in Centre Block.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 43: In this photo, Stained Glass Window Selection Committee Chair Stephen Inglis stands alongside Métis artist Christi Belcourt and Elder Alo White.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

Image 44: In this photo, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's Deputy Minister Michael Wernick standing with artist Christi Belcourt, Elder Alo White and Selection Committee Chair Stephen Inglis in front of the stained glass window.

For more information on the stained glass window, go to www.aandc.gc.ca/window

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