The Cedars for Bryce and 94 Calls to Action Lights
The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society, alongside Beechwood Cemetery Foundation, will gather at Beechwood Cemetery to honour Dr. P.H. Bryce and shed light on the work that’s yet to be done towards Truth and Reconciliation.
Dr. P.H. Bryce was a Canadian doctor and a leader in the field of Public Health who blew the whistle on the conditions of residential schools. In 1907, Dr. PH Bryce reported on how the conditions of the residential schools were leading to the high number of child deaths.
Unfortunately, the Canadian government choose to shelve his report and recommendations and Dr. Bryce was eventually ousted from public service Over 100 years later in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of the residential school system and advance reconciliation. As of 2023, just 13 of the 94 Calls to Action are completed.
The Cedars for Bryce and 94 Calls to Action Lights will be a visual display allowing all those who come to visit Dr. PH. Bryce’s burial space to see a constant reminder that the 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada have not been completed.