KAWARTHA LAKES-Today is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Federal government has announced September 30, 2021 as the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (National Orange Shirt Day) and a statutory holiday.
City recommendations on how you can observe this important day:
- Wear orange on Thursday and to take time to reflect and learn more about the lived experiences of residential school survivors, their families and communities.
- Throughout September, the municipality has been flying the Every Child Matters flag at half-mast at City Hall and lighting up the building in orange lights at night. Drive by after dark and take a moment to reflect.
- Council paid early homage at the September 21 Council meeting. The ‘215 Taken’ art project will be at City Hall until noon September 30. Then it will be moved to Bobcaygeon for a ceremony. Everyone is welcome to view it before it leaves. You can also watch video remarks made by Mayor Letham and the TRC Bobcaygon members on September 21 about the art project and the planned Mishkodeh Centre for Indigenous Knowledge. More info can be found at www.trcbobcaygeon.org.
- Attend the community event taking place in Bobcaygeon at 5pm, details below.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Report.
- Visit the Government of Canada website for resources for people of all ages to learn about Indigenous cultures.
- Watch a commercial-free broadcast at 8pm on CBC and CBC Gem produced by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
Municipal actions taken in response to Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report on June 2, 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.
In response to the 57th Call to Action: Municipal governments are to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism. City Staff, members of Council, and select Committees of Council will be required to take mandatory training that begins this fall.
In response to the 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th Calls to Action: A Repatriation Policy has been adopted by Council to address repatriation of Indigenous artefacts and remains and sharing of archival information with First Nations.
Further actions include a First Nations Land Acknowledgement and a First Nations Consultation Policy recognizing Treaty 20 and the “Williams Treaties”.
Truth and Reconciliation Community Bobcaygon Event
September 30, 5pm Bobcaygeon Library grounds, everyone is welcome to attend. Please wear a mask and social distance.
- Land acknowledgement and remarks by Dorothy Taylor from Curve Lake First Nation
- Secwepemc Honour Song
- Remarks from local dignitaries
- Truth and Reconciliation Community Bobcaygon members will speak to provide information about September 30, the ‘215+ Taken’ art project and the Mishkodeh Centre for Indigenous Knowledge
For more information: www.trcbobcaygeon.org
Municipal services will remain open during regular business hours on this day.