Community gathering and walk set for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Fort McMurray

“I encourage everyone across the region to pause and reflect on the legacy of the residential school system and the impact it has on Indigenous Peoples and communities, including right here in this region,” said Mayor Sandy Bowman. “It’s important we recognize and acknowledge this on September 30, while remaining committed to listening, learning and taking positive action towards reconciliation each and every day in the months and years ahead.”

 

A community gathering and walk is scheduled for September 30th in Fort McMurray, to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Gathering, which will start at 9:30am, will be held in front of the Municipal Jubilee building, and will feature a prayer and short address before participants walk to MacDonald Island where there will be light refreshments and an opportunity for more informal conversations.

The Gathering and Walk is organized in partnership with the Athabasca Tribal Council, Indigenous Governments and communities, the Centre for Hope, The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, the regional Recreation Corporation, RCMP, and the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society.

These partners are also working to host private luncheons on the day in communities across the region to honour survivors.

"When we gather as a community and when organizations partner to provide support and honour survivors, we make all communities and our people stronger," said Chief Adam, President of the Athabasca Tribal Council. "The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation makes space for people to learn and reflect upon the burden of truth. The burden is no longer held solely by the child survivors. In understanding the truth, we move together as a community toward reconciliation and healing for all."

Created in 2021 to recognize the legacy of the Canadian residential school system, it is a day to honour Survivors, their families, and communities. Held in unison with Orange Shirt Day, it is also an important time to listen, learn, and consider the wrongs carried out by the church and governments and the harm that continues to impact Indigenous Peoples and communities. 

 

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