Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Tomorrow is the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, an annual day to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities.
It's a federal statutory holiday but not a provincial one. Most City services, however, including libraries and recreation centres, will be closed.
the ottawan will respect the day and not publish tomorrow.
How can I even know where to begin acknowledging the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation meaningfully?
A place to start may be the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action [PDF] There are 94 recommendations. As of 2020, Canada has implemented eight.
Are there any public events happening in Ottawa?
10 am: Parliament Hill. Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance opening ceremony
12 pm: Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance Spirit Walk to Confederation Park with music, presentations, art installations and dance. [Remember Me]
1 pm: Carleton University alumnus Tim O’Loan will share his personal stories, experiences and challenges stemming from his four years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and participate in a seed planting ceremony. Virtual only. [Carleton]
Sunrise to Sunset: Beechwood Cemetery. Every two hours, a Reconciling History tour featuring the first-ever public display of 57,000 tiles created by children across Canada to honour the victims of the residential school system and a tour of the gravesites of some of the key architects of the program. [Beechwood Cemetery]
All Day: Algonquin College has on campus and virtual events.
All Day: The Canadian Museum of History will have free admission all day. One of their special exhibits is "Rekindled – Tradition, Modernity and Transformation in Indigenous cultures." Tickets must be booked in advance for COVID-19 reasons. [Canadian Museum of History]
Sunset: The OTTAWA sign in ByWard Market will be illuminated in orange
Is there anywhere I can donate money?
Two groups would be The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
We'll see you Friday – Martha and Darren
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