City renames local park in honour of Truth and Reconciliation – CK News Today

by ahnationtalk on September 28, 2023147 Views

September 28, 2023

The City of Owen Sound will unveil a new sign to rename Kelso Beach to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

A ceremony will be held Saturday, September 30, at 9:30 a.m to change the name of the area to “Kelso Beach at Nawash Park.”

People can join the celebration at the park’s main entrance, which will include remarks from Mayor Ian Boddy and Saugeen First Nation Chief Conrad Ritchie. Following the sign unveiling this Saturday, the Gichi-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden Committee will host a “Voices of the Children” Fire and Ceremony from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Giche-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden.

Both events are family-friendly and open to the public. The city says the ceremonies will provide an opportunity for Indigenous education and reconciliation within the community.

The city passed a bylaw June 12 to acknowledge the official renaming to Kelso Beach at Nawash Park. Members of the Gichi-Name Wiikwedong Reconciliation Garden Committee felt it was an important milestone in the City’s path to Reconciliation with Indigenous People in the community.

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