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For the Indigenous Communities – the pain, suffering and loss resulting from the residential schools, has endured for more than 100 years. As we mark the first year that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is being recognized as a federal holiday – it is just the beginning of a long journey for us to acknowledgeunderstand and honour the lives of all victims and survivors of residential schools.  

Education and awareness are important first steps. That’s why we are sharing information on the Town website about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Orange Shirt Day, and how we as a community, can do better and learn more. On September 30, at 8:30 a.m. we are raising a flag at the Civic Centre to recognize and honour Indigenous Communities. All are welcome. We are also creating a learning pathway at the September 30 Farmers’ Market, where visitors can learn about residential schools and reflect their thoughts through words or illustrations on wooden hearts that will be on display. As a municipality we are launching mandatory online training for all staff so that we can collectively begin to understand our role in reconciliation.  

This year is even more devastating – as unmarked graves continue to be identified throughout Canada. To our Indigenous staff and residents, I recognize you and the pain you are experiencing. Should you find yourself in need of support or assistance, please reach out to the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419. 

To our Indigenous Communities – I offer our commitment to work with you, to learn, and to do better – by you and for you.  

Check out our National Day for Truth and Reconciliation page