“Reconciliation is not a destination; it is an ongoing commitment.”
A Statement from the Town of Lincoln in Niagara, Ontario
Posted September 29th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Lincoln, Ontario – This Thursday, September 30 marks the first National Day for Truth and as part of Truth and Reconciliation Week September 27 – October 1.
On this day we encourage everyone to wear orange to remember the children who never returned home from residential school and to honour the Survivors and their communities.
We honour those who were lost and the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve. It is important for all Canadians to recognize the painful and ongoing impact of the residential school System on generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, and make a commitment to understanding the truth and moving towards reconciliation.
All flags will be lowered to half mast at our facilities on September 30. We will also fly the Every Child Matters Flag (https://nctr.ca/education/every-child-matters/) at Town Hall.
Please note that Town facilities will be open and operating on regular business hours.
Staff will take a moment of reflection on this day. In addition, late last week, staff participated in a webinar hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre (https://nrnc.ca/) to learn what it is to be an Intergenerational Survivor of the residential school system and to reflect on the meaning of Orange Shirt Day (https://www.orangeshirtday.org/) , a day for honouring and bringing awareness for all survivors and remembering those who did not survive.
Reconciliation is not a destination; it is an ongoing commitment. Below are some examples of partnerships and educational opportunities that can continue the dialogue and encourage better understanding of, and support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
To learn and read more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s 94 Calls to Action (https://nctr.ca/records/reports/) visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (https://nctr.ca) .
For more information on Canada’s first National Day for Truch and Reconciliation, click on – (https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html)
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