National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be celebrated in municipalities surrounding the Six Nations
By Victoria Gray
Despite the province’s refusal to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day as a public holiday, surrounding municipalities will mark the day with education sessions and visual tributes to survivors and their families.
Brant County will honor National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30 by lowering its flags, hoisting an Every Child Matters flag at the downtown Paris office and lighting the Paris Dam in orange.
“We recognize the continuing trauma of residential and day schools, and we remember those lost, the survivors and their families,” said Brant County Mayor David Bailey. “I encourage all citizens to take action to learn more about this tragic story and to build a better future together.
The National Truth and Reconciliation Day was touted as one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report calls to action “to honor survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that the commemoration public awareness of the history and legacy of residential schools remains an essential part of the reconciliation process.
The federal government designated it a public holiday on June 3, but many provinces, including Ontario, refused to make it a public holiday. As it stands, only federal employees and bank employees will have a paid day off.
The municipalities surrounding the Six Nations have taken it upon themselves to honor these survivors and their families, while trying to educate the general population.
A press release issued by Brant County said “Reconciliation is the responsibility of every Canadian. It lists various sources to look for, including documents from the TRC, links to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. He also suggested visiting the former Mohawk Institute boarding school and donating to the Woodland Cultural Centre’s Save the Evidence campaign. I suggested attending events, if they are open to non-natives, and wearing an orange shirt as a sign of solidarity.
The Brant County Public Library will be hosting a Phyllis’s Orange Shirt Children’s Book Story Walk. The story will take place at the Parc des Lions in Paris from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Every Child Counts: My Orange Shirt packages are also available at county library branches that allow children to design and cut their own orange shirt.
Brantford Community Recreation staff and Healthy Kids Brantford Brant are offering Indigenous-themed programming at Kids Night Out on September 29 at the Doug Snooks Community Center and Thursday September 30 at Woodman Park Community Park. Participants must register online at Brantford RecConnect.
The Harmony Square fountain and marquee at Sanderson Center will light up orange to mark the day.
The city is also encouraging residents to “deepen their knowledge” during a free performance at the Sanderson Center on October 6 with Tanya Talaga’s Truth Before Reconciliation.
When the Anonymous Children’s Graves were rediscovered earlier this year, the city pledged to lower all their flags on the first day of every month for a year in memory of the children who lost their lives in residential schools. across Canada. They donated $ 100,000 to the Save the Evidence campaign. They are also committed to ongoing community education and awareness campaigns based on Indigenous educational and cultural programs.
“To continue moving forward in a spirit of healing and reconciliation, the City of Brantford recognizes the importance of ensuring that current and future generations of Canadians understand the impact that the residential school system has had. on so many people in our region and across Canada. Every child matters, ”the City of Brantford statement said.
The City of Hamilton is also planning to mark the day in partnership to provide educational activities for residents on September 30, as well as an orange light at City Hall and host a “Lunch and Learn” event for staff with viewing of live music. ‘a documentary.
All Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) employees will be given a day off and SNEC encourages community members to “engage in an act of awareness” on that day and use the hashtag #SNOrangeShirtDay to show what Orange Jersey Day means to our community.
SNEC plans to release details next week regarding Orange Jersey Day events in the community.
“We also recognize that this subject and related topics are difficult for many,” said a statement from SNEC.
To access support, call the Six Nations 24/7 mobile hotline at 519-445-2204 or 1-866-445-2204, Six Nations Mental Health and Addictions at 519-445-2143, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. : 30 p.m., or call the Indian Residential Schools National Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.
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