Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare Marks First-Ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 2021229 Views

(M’Chigeeng First Nation, ON) Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare issued the following statement marking the first-ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation:

“Today, September 30th, Canada is marking its first-ever National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day since 2013,” said Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare. “Although I am disappointed that today is not a recognized statutory holiday in Ontario, I am urging all Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to use this day as an opportunity to learn and reflect on the legacy of residential schools and acknowledge the children whose bodies have been found in unmarked graves across the country.

We all have an important role in walking shoulder to shoulder towards true reconciliation. Today is your opportunity to play your part in addressing the genocide against Indigenous people across the country and eliminating the embedded racism and discrimination against First Nations in our communities. I encourage all to attend one of the many events happening throughout the province, whether online or in-person while respecting COVID-19 preventative measures.

I would also like to acknowledge Minister Stephen Lecce and Minister Greg Rickford for their announcement to expand First Nations content and learning in the elementary curriculum in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. This is an important step in understanding our true shared history and ensuring First Nations histories, cultures and perspectives are accurately depicted in our education system.”

Find a list of events happening Canada-wide on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation here.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of a residential school experience. Support is available at 1-866-925-4419.

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare

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