City of Saskatoon: #ActOnReconciliation by viewing the raised Reconciliation Flag
Following the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) on September 30, 2021, the Saskatoon Tribal Council has initiated a campaign called #ActOnReconciliation. It’s intended to harness the momentum of NDTR and Orange Shirt Day (also September 30) and keep Reconciliation top of mind all year long. The campaign calls for action and awareness on the last Friday of each month in 2022.
The City is supporting the #ActOnReconciliation campaign by highlighting Reconciliation actions and activities. As well, to further heighten awareness, the City will apply an orange filter to their social media accounts and light the following civic facilities in orange: City Hall, the Prairie Wind art installation outside the Remai Modern, and SaskTel Centre.
#ActOnReconciliation – May Action
On Friday, May 27, demonstrate your commitment to Reconciliation by:
- Wearing your EveryChildMatters shirt or any other orange shirt.
- Consider visiting Civic Square (beside City Hall off 23rd St E) between May 27 and June 3 to see the Reconciliation Flag raised and to take a moment to reflect on its significance. If able, consider attending Reconciliation Saskatoon’s flag raising ceremony on Friday, May 27 between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in Civic Square. This event sets the stage for the season of commemoration and reflection that is June.
- Help build awareness for Reconciliation by joining the online conversation using hashtag #ActOnReconciliation.
In order to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) found that “there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes, and action to change behaviour.”
The City has been actively engaged – as a municipality, co-chair of Reconciliation Saskatoon, and through other community partnerships – in efforts to help raise awareness about Reconciliation and in providing opportunities to participate. Learn more at saskatoon.ca/Indigenous.