Honouring Truth & Reconciliation throughout September

September 12, 2022
orange handprint behind image of trees with orange ribbons surrounding a fire

Friday, September 30, marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day.  It is a day to reflect on the painful history and legacy of the residential school system, in Canada, to remember the children whose lives were lost and to honour survivors, families and communities. The journey to Reconciliation beings with knowing and naming the truths of Canada’s past and present.

Reconciliation is the responsibility of us all, to build mutually respectful relationships between non- Indigenous and Indigenous people who have called this this land home since time immemorial. Reconciliation comes by establishing places of healing and providing opportunities for learning, listening, and honouring Indigenous ways.

To encourage each of us to act in building a personal reconciliation plan, several initiatives have been introduced in Collingwood:

  • Hope and Healing Canada Installation, Collingwood Museum

Created by Tracey-Mae Chambers, Hope and Healing explores art connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples while also addressing the decolonization of public spaces.

  • Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know StoryWalk, Train Trail

Follow the Train Trail beginning at the Collingwood Museum and enjoy this beautiful story of the changing of the seasons. Written by Brittany Luby and illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley.

  • The Oral History of the Anishinaabeg of Christian Island, Leisure Time Club

On September 12th at 7:00 p.m. the Collingwood Historical Society hosts Elder Jeff Monague, Manager of Springwater Provincial Park, Beausoleil First Nation to speak on the oral history of the Anishinaabeg of Christian Island.

  • Orange Ribbon Installation, Awen’ Gathering Place

Ribbons and Every Child Matters buttons designed by IndigenARTSY along with other resources in orange envelopes, available while supplies last at the Museum, 45 St. Paul Street, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie Street and Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street beginning Monday, Sept 12th.

Starting September 22nd, we invite you to tie a ribbon to the Awen’ Gathering Place Sweat Lodge. By tying orange ribbons, we honour the experiences of Indigenous peoples, celebrate resiliency and strength, and unite in our commitment to Every Child Matters.

  • Fall Solstice, Changing of the Seasons Gathering, Awen Gathering Place

A Fall Solstice Gathering organized by local Inuk woman Muckpaloo Ipeelie, will take place on September 22nd. Join Elder Jeff Monague, Poet Laureate Jillian Morris, and the Collingwood Indigenous Circle in welcoming the Fall Solstice by gathering together, sharing teachings, and honouring the land. The Gathering starts at 4:00 p.m. at the Awen’ with music, vendors, and a food sharing table, with teachings beginning at 5:00 p.m. Indigenous games will be played after the teachings.

  • Truth & Reconciliation Healing Circle, Awen’ Gathering Place

On September 26th at 2:00 p.m. join Heather McIntyre a local Anishinaabe woman who is a Life & Wellness Coach at the Awen’ Gathering Place, for an educational and traditional Indigenous Healing Circle, sponsored by the Collingwood Public Library.

  • Circle of Hope, Collingwood Public Library

The Collingwood Public Library is hosting a virtual program, Circle of Hope. To learn more and register visit collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca. In addition, explore the library’s collection of Indigenous authors on display, throughout September.

  • Every Child Matters Flag Raising, Community Flagpole, Collingwood Public Library

The community is invited to join in the raising of the Every Child Matters Flag on September 29th at 4:00 p.m. The Collingwood Clock Tower will be illuminated orange and flags will be lowered to half-mast in observance of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

  • Indigenous Healing Circle and Building Relationships, Awen’ Gathering Place

On Orange Shirt Day, September 30th, Inuk Muckpaloo Ipeelie has organized a gathering to be held at the Awen’ Gathering Place specifically for members of the Indigenous community. This will include a sacred fire that will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Wah’chek and Elder James Kewaquom who will host a healing circle.

At 6:45 p.m., the non-Indigenous community is encouraged to join in unity, and listen to poetry from Jillian Morris who is Kanien’kehá:k, followed by Muckpaloo Ipeelie, who will share her stories and experiences as an Inuk woman, continuing to encourage others to join the journey of Reconciliation .  The public portion of this ceremony will finish with sending flowers into the water as a community

Each of these initiatives celebrates different aspects of Indigenous ways of being which is part of Reconciliation, while also offering opportunities to learn the truth of Canada’s past with Indigenous people.

For more information, contact:

Christa Carter
Manager, Public Relations & Communications
T. 705-445-1030 Ext. 3274

Jennifer Parker
Coordinator, Community Well-being & Inclusion
T. 705-445-2500 ext. 3260