The Municipality of Kincardine has made a commitment to develop meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples and work toward reconciliation. Part of this commitment includes developing awareness and acknowledging the truths of our history and the harms that have been completed against Indigenous peoples.  There cannot be reconciliation without understanding and acknowledging the truth. 

  

National Indigenous History Month 


June is National Indigenous History month. It is time for all Canadians to reflect on the unique histories, sacrifices, culture, contributions, and strengths of our First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples. We need to understand the past history in order to move towards reconciliation. View this resource. National Indigenous History Month invites Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their history in the spirit of pride and preservation. For non-Indigenous Canadians, it is an opportunity to learn and show recognition of the role Indigenous Peoples have played and continue to play in shaping Canada. Find out more.

 


Flag Raising
On June 21, we commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada by raising the “Every Child Matters” Flag at the Davidson Centre. 


With the dark and devasting discovery of Indigenous children found in mass graves at residential schools in Canada, this is dark and sad reminder of Canada’s history. There can’t be healing and reconciliation without the truth. To understand the truth we need to educate ourselves on the history and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. 
Please join us June 21 at 9:30am for the flag raising.
Visit this website for more information. 

 

Workshops

 

The Truth work of reconciliation for Settler peoples – Virtual Series – 3

The following three sessions are interconnected and therefore participants need to commit to attending all three sessions to get the most from the learning.  There will also be a list of readings in between classes. 

Facilitator – Kelly Laurila  https://uwaterloo.ca/school-of-social-work/people-profiles/kelly-laurila

Session 1: Tuesday, July 5, 1:30 to 4:00

There will be discussion of Indigenous knowledges that will serve to provide context for understanding the colonial impacts on Indigenous peoples, as well as offer a pathway forward with reconciliation. An overview of the Truth and Reconciliation process, importance of truth before reconciliation, and understanding oneself in relationship to the land and Indigenous peoples.

Session 2: Tuesday, July 12, 1:30 to 4:00

Discussions of Indian Residential Schools, unmarked graves, and/or the tragic historical and contemporary experiences of Indigenous peoples can raise feelings of shame, guilt, denial, and/or avoidance and/or they may prompt such questions as: "Why didn't I know this?" or "How could this have happened?" or "What does this have to do with me?" We are going to discuss and work through the logic of colonial processes behind these feelings and questions which have enabled historical and ongoing harms.

Session 3: Tuesday, July 19, 1:30 to 4:00

Reconciliation is a journey without an end. How can the spirit of reconciliation be envisioned in all our relations? Decolonization, allyship, United Nations Declaration of Indigenous peoples' Rights (UNDRIP) and Bill C-15 will be discussed along with implications for equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging; and applications in policies, practice, and engagement with Indigenous peoples.


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As we continue to discover unmarked graves and the shameful legacy of Canada's Residential School system, this is a time of profound sadness and mourning. For some of us, it is also an awakening to the dark and a very real part of Canada’s history that we have inherited. Let this sadness fuel us towards action. It is essential that we learn about what happened, that we acknowledge what happened, that we speak about the history, and that we move to action. But there can’t be action without understanding the truth. Find resources to help you on your learning journey.

Message from Mayor Glover - June 29, 2021 

Letter to the Prime Minister

The Municipality of Kincardine has written a letter to the Federal Government, asking them to publicly commit to the several actions in wake of the tragic discovery of the remains of children found on the former Indian Residential School sites. View the letter here.


MUNICIPALITY OF KINCARDINE INITIATIVES

May 5- National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
May 5 is designated as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S). This is a day to honour and remember all missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBT+ People who are more than twelve times as likely to go missing or be murdered than any other population in Canada. 

 

From 2015-2019, Canada conducted a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, (Home Page - Final Report | MMIWG (mmiwg-ffada.ca)which concluded:

 

“The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ+ people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.”

 

“Colonial violence, as well as racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQ+ people, has become embedded in everyday life – whether this is through interpersonal forms of violence, through institutions like the healthcare system and the justice system, or in the laws, policies and structures of Canadian society. The result has been that many Indigenous people have grown up normalized to violence, while Canadian society shows an appalling apathy to addressing the issue. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls finds that this amounts to genocide.” (Executive Summary of Final Report)

 

To support the ongoing learning, we invite you to continue your learned and explore the following resources: 

 

  • Podcast: CBC’s Finding Cleo. Where is Cleo? Apprehended by child welfare authorities as part of a wave now known as the Sixties Scoop, and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl is believed to have been raped and murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC offers additional support material.
    • Season 1: Highlights the interconnected and complex nature of the ongoing tragedy of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In 1989, 24-year-old Alberta Williams was found dead along the Highway of Tears near Prince Rupert, B.C. Police never caught her killer. Twenty-seven years later, her unsolved murder continues to haunt her family. Additional resources available.
    • Season 2: Highlights the interconnected and complex nature of the ongoing tragedy of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 
  • Podcast: Warrior Life by Pam Palmater (numerous related episodes including “Judy Wilson & Ellen Gabriel on Canada's Failed National Action Plan,” “Canada's Genocide: Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Girls”)
  • Video: CBC A look back at the MMIWG inquiry (3:52)
 Orange Shirt Day - September 30

What can you do besides wearing orange? Click here to find out.

Orange Shirt Day falls on September 30 as this is the time of year Indigenous children were taken away to residential schools. Some of them returned home for the summers, but some had no other option but to stay there year-round.

The colour Orange was chosen as a result of the experiences of residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad. Phyllis was only 6 years old when she was sent to St Joseph’s Mission residential school in British Columbia from 1973-1974. Her grandmother had bought her a brand new shiny orange shirt to wear to school. Phyllis was so excited to wear it to school. However, when Phyllis arrived, she was stripped of her clothing and never saw her orange shirt again. She was neglected, abused, and made to feel like she didn’t matter. She recalls that every child there was crying to go home, but nobody at the school truly cared for them. Phyllis says that the colour Orange now reminds her of that time in her life where her feelings didn’t matter. Phyllis’ story is a difficult one to hear, and unfortunately it is like many others that attended residential schools.

Fortunately, Phyllis was able to return home to her grandmother after that year. As the Executive Director of the Orange Shirt Society, she now uses her story and platform to raise awareness about Orange Shirt Day and turn the feeling of no one cares into healing and remembrance that every child matters.

The experiences at residential schools shaped the generations that have since come after them. While there is still a long way to go, Orange Shirt Day is a step towards recognition and healing for countless Indigenous people.

On September 30th wear orange to show your support and commitment to reconciliation.

Click here for resources to educate yourself about the history of Residential Schools.

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day at www.orangeshirtday.org and https://woodlandculturalcentre.ca/every-child-matters/.

 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday created to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. The date was selected to coincide with the existing Orange Shirt Day.

Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

The Municipality of Kincardine will observe a moment of silence at 2:15pm each September 30 and use this time as an opportunity to reflect on learnings around the painful history of Canada's residential schools, the legacy of which continue to impact First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples and their communities today.

 Land Acknowledgement

The Municipality of Kincardine has made a commitment to develop meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples and work toward reconciliation. Part of this commitment includes developing awareness and acknowledging the truths of our history and the harms that have been completed against Indigenous peoples.  There cannot be reconciliation without understanding and acknowledging the truth. 

One step in our journey to reconciliation is to acknowledge the land that the Municipal meeting and/or public event is being held on. 

View the Land Acknowledgement.

 History of the Land from a First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspective

To help us understand the history of the land we are on we have arranged to have two training sessions for staff, Council, Committees of Council and the Community: 

This training will be conducted by Trish Nadjiwon Meekins. She will present the history of First Nations peoples from a First Nations' perspective.  Trish will also bring you on a journey from before contact with the newcomers of Turtle Island to where we are today.  It is our responsibility to understand what it means to be treaty people and brainstorm ways to move forward from where we are today. 

 Trish Meekins will be providing this training.  Trish is the sole owner of Nikaanaganaa Counselling & Learning Centre is a counsellor and teacher of First Nations culture and history for over 20 years. Her passion is her Indigenous roots and finds rewarding work in assisting all people become educated about themselves and how they fit as a part of community extending out to all of Creation. Learn more about Trish at https://trishmeekins.com.

The next sessions TBD. 

 Reconciliation: Where will you start?
 
 

Residential School Virtual Video Tour of the Mohawk Institute

Residential schools have impacted and will continue to impact Indigenous Peoples across Canada.  In order to understand why residential schools have such a negative impact we invite you to participate in a virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School. The virtual video tour was created with the production company “Thru the Reddoor”, and it follows guide Lorrie Gallant, as she gives a tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. During the video Lorrie provides the history of the institution over its 140 year history. Viewers will get to see the different rooms in the school, from the girls’ and boys’ dormitories, the cafeteria, laundry room, and other rooms throughout the building, as well as hear interviews from five Survivors of the Mohawk Institute. 

Resources from the Mohawk Institute Residential School Tour

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 Two Spirit (2S)
 

Ever wonder what the 2S is in LGBTQ2S+? 

Two Spirit (2S) is an English umbrella term to reflect and restore Indigenous traditions forcefully suppressed by colonization, honouring the fluid and diverse nature of gender and attraction and its connection to community and spirituality. It is used by some Indigenous People rather than, or in addition to, identifying as LGBTQI. 

Watch this video produced by Egale, an organization with a mission to improve the lives of 2SLGBTQI people in Canada and to enhance the global response. 

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