Media Release - September 27, 2022 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted On Tuesday September 27, 2022

Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2022

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

KINCARDINE, ON – September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which was selected to coincide with Orange Shirt Day which began in 2013. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not.

The Municipality of Kincardine encourages everyone to find a way to take part by wearing orange on September 30th.

During the week of September 26th to September 30th, the Municipality will be supplying posters, resources, and materials for the public to pick up at the following municipal facilities:

  • Davidson Centre
  • Underwood Community Centre
  • Municipal Administration Centre 
  • Tiverton Sports Centre

The Municipality of Kincardine is flying either the “Every Child Matters” Flag and the “Survivors’ Flag” at half-mast from September 30th to October 2nd on municipal community flagpoles.

The Every Child Matters Flag embraces this year’s theme of “Remembering the Children”, while the Survivors’ Flag is an expression of remembrance, honouring residential school Survivors and all the lives and communities affected by the residential school system in Canada. Survivors from across Canada consulted on the second flag’s creation, carefully choosing the elements depicted in the design.

As part of the Journey to Reconciliation Ongoing Speaker Series, the Municipality will be hosting a session with speaker Deborah Johnson from the Orange Shirt Day Society. She will be speaking on Wednesday, October 12th, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via ZOOM. Deborah is a Northern Shuswap tribal member and is from the Alkali Lake First Nations and Canoe Creek First Nations.

A public speaker for over a decade, Deborah shares her residential school experience at the St. Joseph Residential School in Williams Lake, B.C.

Deborah says that “The purpose of her sharing her residential school experience is to bring awareness to the public so reconciliation and healing can occur.”

Register online or by e-mail for this event.

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Media Inquiries:
Lorie Fioze
Manager of Strategic Initiatives
Municipality of Kincardine