We would like to acknowledge that we are gathering here today on the Treaty Territory of the Mississaugas (mis-si-saw-ga) of the Credit First Nation, and before them, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (hau-de-no-sho-né), Huron (hue-ron), and Wendat (wēn-dat). We also acknowledge the many First Nations, Metis (mé-ti), Inuit (in-oo-it), and other global Indigenous people that now call Brampton their home. We are honoured to live, work, and enjoy this land.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In June of this year, the passage of Bill C-5 led to the establishment of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which addresses action number 80 from the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
This day seeks to understand the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities and to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families, and communities who have been affected by this injustice.
Community organizations are invited to share their community events in commemoration of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on the Brampton events calendar.
Community commemorations for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation play an important role in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families, and communities.
The City of Brampton recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day with:
- A formal Proclamation to be read at the September 29th Council Meeting
- Raising the "Every Child Matters" flag for the week of September 27th in keeping with Council direction
- Lighting the City clock-tower orange in recognition
- Indigenous programming on the Garden Square screen in partnership with the Downie & Wenjack Fund that aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples
The Story of Orange Shirt Day
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School (1891-1981) Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. As the spokesperson for the Reunion group leading up to the events, former student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad told her story
of her first day at residential school when her shiny new orange shirt, bought by her grandmother, was taken from her as a six-year-old girl. The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30 opens the door to the global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. Read more here