National Truth and Reconciliation DaySeptember 29, 2022
September 29, 2022
National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th creates an opportunity for Canadians to learn about and reflect on a tragic chapter of our country’s history and to commemorate the survivors, their families and their communities.
Residential schools were part of a colonial assimilation policy that removed Indigenous children from their communities. The mistreatment of Indigenous children at residential schools is a tragedy whose impacts are still felt today. It is part of our collective duty to educate ourselves on the lasting negative impacts residential schools have left on generations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
The choice of September 30 builds on the grassroots momentum of Orange Shirt Day, which is already known as a day to remember the legacy of residential schools and move forward with reconciliation. Please wear an orange shirt on this day as a symbol of remembrance and acknowledgement. Take this day to learn more about the historical and ongoing wrongs perpetuated against Indigenous and the legacy of colonialism that is still in place today.
Reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all of us. The Town of Pincher Creek will move forward on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, specifically Actions 43 and 57, to build a renewed relationship with our Indigenous neighbours.
Mayor Don Anderberg