Truth and Reconciliation Day 2021

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Land Acknowledgment

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. ​

September 30

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.​

​​Truth and Healing Through Indigenous Awareness & Education by Kendal Netmaker

About the Speaker

Kendal Netmaker is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and gifted keynote speaker who is on a mission to empower and motivate people worldwide by sharing his story that regardless of where you come from and what challenges you face, you have the power to enact change.

From Sweetgrass First Nation, Kendal and his siblings were raised by their single mother. Life wasn’t easy for them growing up on the reserve surrounded by poverty and few chances for opportunities, but one moment would change their life forever.

Kendal has a natural gift; he’s a master storyteller who weaves his real-life experiences into motivating lessons that everyone can use in their own lives. His heartfelt stories are impactful, and he speaks professionally to thousands of people each year on resilience, leadership, and the power of telling your story.

Kendal lives with his wife and two children in Saskatoon, SK, where he continues to run his company. He delivers virtual and in-person keynotes, as well as executive leadership coaching to organizations.​​

Introduction to Indigenization by Kelly Fran Davis

About the Speaker

​​Kelly Fran Davis is the Director of Indigenous Education and Enlightenment at the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity.

A Haudenosaunee from the Grand River territory, she works with and through the organization to develop and facilitate curriculums and programs to increase awareness about the challenges and recommendations on the Way Forward for the Indigenous Peoples.

She has worked on significant academic and community projects including various contract roles with the federal, provincial, and municipality levels of government, as well as a Haudenosaunee Researcher, creating the Way Forward Recommendations for Improving Niagara Region Public Health & Emergency Services' Indigenous Engagement.

Kelly is also a part-time faculty of education member at Wilfrid Laurier University where instructs Indigenous Context in Education for 2nd-year Teacher Education Candidates and in all her works, guided by the Calls to Action of Canada's Truth & Reconciliation.​