National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sep 27th, 2022
By tchan
An orange circle is at the centre which represents being together in spirit of reconciliation. The orange colour represents truth-telling and healing. The pathway represents the road to reconciliation. First Nations, Inuit and Métis are represented in the image. The eagle represents First Nations. The narwhal represents Inuit. The beaded flower represents Métis.

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Dufferin County joins Canadians across the country in honouring residential school survivors and those who never returned home. We also recognize the advocacy, leadership and resistance of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples that brought to light the injustices they’ve faced and helped show non-Indigenous people the path to reconciliation.

While this day encourages reflection and learning, it also serves as a signal for action and urgency; to actualize and carry out the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and commit to decolonization. 

Dufferin County supports all efforts that lead to reconciliation. We commit to developing our competency and understanding so that we can be an ally and contribute to reconciliation in the County of Dufferin. 

Here are some resources to deepen your awareness and understanding of how colonialism impacted — and continues to impact — Indigenous communities. 

For those who live in or near Orangeville, the Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle is hosting a Memorial Walk for Residential Schools on October 1 at the Alder Street Recreation Centre at 1pm.  

The Town of Shelburne is also hosting an Orange Shirt Day & Every Child Matters Ceremony on September 30 at Jack Downing Park at 7pm. 

Support is available for anyone affected by residential schools through the 24-hour National Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419. 

Join us in taking meaningful steps to demonstrate accountability and solidarity on this day and throughout the year.