September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation across Canada.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The flags at the Municipal Office will be lowered to half-mast in recognition and remembrance.
September 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day. Visit Orange Shirt Society for more information and remember to wear the colour orange today.
If you are looking to reflect a little further today, you can visit the Truth and Reconciliation Centre Commission or the Downie Wenjack Fund. The governments of Canada and Ontario also have resources and programs.
Closer to home, the Town of Huntsville and Hope Arises Inc. is hosting a variety of Truth and Reconciliation Events today. Visit their Facebook Page for more information.
We encourage our community to learn about and reflect on the ongoing legacy of residential schools and participate and engage in the reconciliation healing process.