Statement from the Town of Lincoln Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Statement from the Town of Lincoln Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

 

Sept. 29, 2021 – (Lincoln, ON) – September 30 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as part of Truth and Reconciliation Week September 27 - October 1. On this day we encourage everyone to wear orange to remember the children who never returned home from residential school and to honour the Survivors and their communities.

We honour those who were lost and the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve. It is important for all Canadians to recognize the painful and ongoing impact of the residential school System on generations of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, and make a commitment to understanding the truth and moving towards reconciliation.

All flags will be lowered to half mast at our facilities on September 30. We will also fly the Every Child Matters Flag at Town Hall.

Please note that Town facilities will be open and operating on regular business hours. Staff will take a moment of reflection on this day. In addition, late last week, staff participated in a webinar hosted by the Niagara Regional Native Centre to learn what it is to be an Intergenerational Survivor of the residential school system and to reflect on the meaning of Orange Shirt Day, a day for honouring and bringing awareness for all survivors and remembering those who did not survive.

Reconciliation is not a destination; it is an ongoing commitment. Below are some examples of partnerships and educational opportunities that can continue the dialogue and encourage better understanding of, and support for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

To learn and read more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report’s 94 Calls to Action visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.


Coming in 2022: Jordan Hollow Cultural Park

The Town continues to work in friendship with the Indigenous community to redevelop Jordan Hollow Park as a place to celebrate and honour the history of ancestral lands, while restoring Indigenous presence in the community through language, art, culture, and medicine. This is the first collaborative project between the Town of Lincoln, Niagara Regional Native Centre and Landscape of Nations 360°. Learn more at SpeakUpLincoln.ca.


Lincoln Public Library and partners present An Evening of Truth and Fostering Reconciliation in Canada

September 30, 6 to 8 p.m. (Virtual)

Legacy of Hope Foundation is an Indigenous-led organization that works to promote healing and reconciliation within First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Listen and learn about the residential and day school systems, the Sixties Scoop, and how to be an ally. To register, visit the Lincoln Public Library website.


 

Sandra Easton 
Mayor, Town of Lincoln

Michael Kirkopoulous
Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Lincoln

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