Brentwood and National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Brentwood and National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Tomorrow is the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day, this year has been an awakening for many in Brentwood, Calgary, Canada and around the world of the devastating loss of innocent lives at our residential schools.

Mortality rates of children in residential schools were many times higher than for the settler children. In 1907 Dr Peter Bryce reported TB mortality was about 20 times higher in residential schools., his 1922 report was largely ignored. And the recently found unmarked graves are just part of the story, Dr Bryce documented how many students were sent home to die, in one case he found 69 per cent of former students died after they left one school.

Making Visible our Shared History: The Context for Renaming Institutionsco-hosted by Brentwood Cares, where Crystal Fraser (UofA) and Sara Komarnisky, presented a slide deck on residential schools and the 150 Acts of Reconciliation they created in 2017. Crystal mentioned the issue of children being sent home to die, the shocking numbers we’ve heard, is only part of the story.

UofC Dr Tiffany Dionne Prete, has raised how individual Canadians, Europeans, perhaps ourselves, parents or grandparents helped fun residential schools – How donors from Canada and Europe helped fund Indian Residential Schools It’s not just a church or government issue of responsibility.

Calgary National Truth and Reconciliation Day Events and Listings:

  • On Sept 30 at noon, the City of Calgary livestream their event ca/live.
  • The Calgary Foundation has many events listed for this week and Sept 30th, including walks, talks, an Indigenous writers’ panel, a film screening, and more.

One example of the many events:

Expanding Our Relations: Oral concepts of understanding Sept 30 1- 3pm

The following Calgary buildings and structures will be illuminated orange in honour of National Truth and Reconciliation Day:

Arts Commons

Historic City Hall

Reconciliation Bridge

Calgary Tower

Olympic Plaza

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Glenbow Museum

TELUS Spark Science Centre


Perhaps choose a talk, walk or another event to participate in Sept 30th. Maybe a discussion at the dinner table about people you know who have been impacted by residential schools or stories that you’ve heard. Read an article, or start a book.

Please be careful and stay safe in what ever your choices, masking and physically distancing inside and out. Alberta is at a critical time, ICU’s are almost full and hospitalization rate continue to increase at alarming rates, up 33% from two weeks ago.

Brentwood Cares

Fall Art Walk – POSTPONED

We are sad to inform everyone that we have made the very difficult decision to postpone this event. We will reevaluate in spring 2022. 

Please scroll down to get to know the artists behind the murals, the sponsors of the project and the donors of the prizes.

We encourage you to walk Brentwood and visit the murals. We will be updating the map as the last few murals find walkways to call home.

Please check back regularly!

PS. We are actively confirming if YYC Food Trucks is still a go. Stay tuned!


Join us in celebrating the completion of this summer project! Thank you Activate YYC for the grant to make this possible.

Goals for the project:

  • Make unique, beautiful places that people would want to seek out in our neighborhood regardless of the season
  • Build stronger connections among our Brentwood residents by engaging them in the walkway mural project and,
  • Encourage more walking in Brentwood by having a map.

We have installed murals along several walkways in Brentwood. The project even inspired Brentwood’s first garage door mural!

Check out this map that shows all the murals and walkways!

Meet the artists behind the paintings and grab a bite to eat. If you live on a walkway, there will be several murals looking for new homes!


A big thank you to Swinton’s Art Supplies, Calgary North Decorating and Rona for supporting us with amazing deals on all the materials. Thank you to COOP for providing treats for the event. Thank you to the residents who are hosting these amazing murals on their fences.

YYC Food Trucks will be on site! Check back for a list of offerings.

Can’t wait to see the murals? Ready to go for a walk? Download the map and print this fun activity passport (coming soon!).

Complete a passport and enter to win door prizes donated by Destination Art, Kensington Art Supply, Sunnyside Art Supplies and Swinton’s Art Supplies!

Thank you to the Brentwood Cares team for making this project happen! If you would like to be involved in future Brentwood Beautification projects, or any other Brentwood Cares initiatives, please email

Teach Me Brentwood Cares – Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway®

Join us for our fifth Teach Me event “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway®” on Wednesday, August the 18th!
We are lucky to host Eva Csiki, a licensed instructor to train Feel the Fear.
This event is free of charge!
Supported by Brentwood Cares!

Teach Me Brentwood Cares – Bees and Gardening

Learn about the biology of bees in order to understand how we can create garden spaces that attract these important pollinators on Saturday, July 17th at 10 am. 
In this engaging, interactive talk from Master Beekeeper, Gisele Hardock of Hive and Harvest, you will learn about the lifecycle, habitat, and needs of the bees native to North America – bumblebees and solitary bees as well as honeybees and other pollinators. You will learn specific strategies for gardening with pollinators in mind, including plant lists for the Alberta climate, our top 10 strategies and resources for learning more.
Supported by Brentwood Cares!

Teach Me Brentwood Cares – Making Visible Our Shared History

Join us Thursday, June 24 (6 pm – 7:30 pm)
For more information and to register for this free event, please visit:…/making-visible…/
Supported by Brentwood Cares!

Brentwood Cares! invites you to our fourth “Teach Me” Series Event

The second May “Teach me” event is about Basic Income in Canada. Everyone is welcome!
Join us Thursday, May 27 (6:30 pm- 8:30 pm)
This is an opportunity for our community to get together and discuss topics that can make a huge impact on our lives. 
It’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and inspire!
Click here to register

Supported by Brentwood Cares!

Brentwood Cares! invites you to our third “Teach Me” Series Event

The first May “Teach me” event is about Buddy Up. Everyone is welcome!
Join us Tuesday, May 25 (7 pm-8 pm)
This is an opportunity for our community to get together and discuss topics that can make a huge impact on our lives. 
It’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and inspire!
Click here to register
Have you registered for this evening’s next Teach Me event?
Thanks to Pow Pizza – show your Eventbrite registration at walk-in or store pickup and get 10% off pizza! This discount is only valid today, May 25.
Supported by Brentwood Cares!
Brentwood Community Association