It was an honour for United Way Winnipeg, through its Council for Indigenous Relations, to host the Dr. Peter Henderson Bryce: Man of Conscience exhibit from September 21 through October 5.
Dr. Bryce was a Canadian doctor who reported on the health conditions of children in Indian Residential Schools in the early 20th century. His courageous and persistent advocacy for children at the schools included a 1907 report for the federal government that revealed shockingly high mortality rates. The report included policy solutions that were never implemented.
After being forced to retire from the Public Service in 1921, Dr. Bryce released his ground-breaking report The Story of a National Crime: Being a Record of the Health Conditions of the Indians of Canada from 1904 to 1921.
Sharing Dr. Bryce’s thought-provoking story is an opportunity for all Canadians to come together and take another step on the journey of truth and reconciliation.
The exhibit was made possible in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Legacy of Hope Foundation.
Copies of Dr. Bryce’s ground-breaking 1922 report, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 10 principles of reconciliation, 94 calls to action, and the 46 articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples were made available to attendees of the exhibit launch.