The Municipality of North Middlesex will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Also referred to as “Orange Shirt Day,” this day provides all Canadians with an opportunity to recognize, remember and reflect on the tragic history and legacy of residential schools and the continued impacts on Indigenous peoples.
North Middlesex is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools are never forgotten. As you may be aware, the Canadian Government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80 – to honour survivors, their families, and communities. This day provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event
In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our flags will be at half mass to honour the lives of children and individuals who suffered due to the effects of residential schools.
Service Update: The North Middlesex municipal office will remain open on Thursday, September 30. Waste and recycling will be collected as usual; there is no change in the schedule for the holiday.
Recognizing and Reflecting
It is our hope that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will present an opportunity for North Middlesex staff and others in the community to remember and recognize the legacy of residential schools through quiet reflection, engaged learning, and participation in community events.
Here are just a few ideas: