National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Collingwood, ON [27 September 2021] – September 30th marks National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, an action called upon by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Every Child Matters campaign and tireless work of the Orange Shirt Day Society have asked Canadians from coast to coast to coast to wear orange on this day, reflecting on our collective history and the legacy of the residential school system.
September 30th marks a day to honour innocent lives lost, survivors, families and communities impacted by residential schools. Truth and Reconciliation is a shared responsibility, it asks all of us to reflect, learn and act collectively on this day and into the future. Read the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report and the 94 Calls to Action, explore virtual events/programs and wear orange as a symbol of remembrance.
"National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80. It is an important step in the long road to reconciliation with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The South Georgian Bay Region was and continues to be home to many indigenous people and we welcome this opportunity to listen, learn and understand their experiences and the devastating impacts of the residential school system. By confronting and understanding these truths, we can move together as a community towards meaningful reconciliation,” says Mayor Saunderson.
To mark this day, the Town of Collingwood will fly the Canadian Flag at half-mast from dawn until dusk, the clock tower will be lit orange and the Every Child Matters flag will be raised at 11:00 am at the Community Flagpole located at the Collingwood Public Library/Municipal Offices.
A permanent poetry installation will be on display at the Awen’ Gathering Place. A Tribute to Our Stolen Spirits was written by Jillian Morris, Kanien’kehá:ka, Six Nations. Interactive trail markers will be in place along Harbourview Park trails sharing Indigenous stories, resources and teachings. The installation will be in place from September 30th until October 22nd.
Visit the Collingwood Public Library to learn more about Truth & Reconciliation. Follow the Train Trail beginning at the Museum and enjoy our permanent StoryWalk© featuring On the Trapline by David A. Robertson and Julie Flett.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) reports
- Orange Shirt Day Society