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Indian Residential Schools Panel: Conversations about Reconciliation

The Anglican Diocese of New Westminster in partnership with Langley Mennonite Fellowship is inviting all to participate in a conversation regarding reconciliation work as part of the ongoing follow up to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s major event held in Vancouver the third week of September, 2013. The conversation will be led by three guest speakers/panelists who have been deeply involved in the TRC process in various ways:

ADJUDICATION -  Larry Plenert  

Larry is a member of the Mennonite Church of British Columbia and a retired lawyer. Currently, he conducts hearings involving claims of serious abuse suffered by former students of Indian Residential Schools. He is also Arbitrator for the BC Residential Tenancy Office conducting landlord/tenant hearings.

ADVOCACY – The Reverend Laurel Dykstra

The Reverend Laurel Dykstra is a long-time community based activist and a priest of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. As a member of the Ecumenical Advocates for Reconciliation, and as the Anglican Church Representative on the planning team for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s British Columbia National Event, September 2013, she worked to make the “Churches Listening to Survivors Area” a place of true respectful listening, local protocol and an important component of the TRC’s statement gathering process. With the Interfaith Institute she has secured funding for Hidden Legacies—a film about the children and grandchildren of Residential School Survivors. Laurel is a speaker and writer on issues of faith and justice

THIRD PANELIST - Gary Janzen , Executive Pastor for the Mennonite Church of British Columbia

Time: 10am-12:30pm

VENUE: Langley Mennonite Fellowship

LOCATION: 20997 40 Avenue, Langley, BC

Admission: Free

Coffee and Snacks provided


  1. The Reverend Michael Batten with the Nisga’a Dancers. PHOTO: Sandra Vanderschaaf
  2. Larry Plenert. PHOTO: Courtesy of Larry Plenert
  3. The Reverend Laurel Dykstra. PHOTO: Sandra Vanderschaaf
  4. Melanie Delva. PHOTO: Wayne Chose