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Bradford West Gwillimbury > 2022 09 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022​


The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day is observed annually on September 30th, to educate and remind Canadians about the history of Residential Schools; and


From the opening of the first schools in the 1830s until the last school closed in 1996, approximately 150,000 InuitMétis and First Nation children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to over 130 institutions to assimilate them into Canadian society. It is estimated that over 6,000 children died at the institutions.


On this day we memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors, their families, and their communities; and


Orange Shirt Day opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools – an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy of intergenerational trauma they have left behind; and


It is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come; and


The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury encourages residents to learn about the histories and cultures of the Indigenous people of Canada, particularly here in Treaty 18, the place we now call BWG; and


The Town of BWG proudly raises and flies the Survivors’ Flag as an expression of remembrance and in honour of residential Survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada​.


That His Worship Mayor Rob Keffer and Members of Council proclaim September 30, 2022, as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.


Two ceremonies will take place on Friday, September 30th

​10:00 am: BWG Leisure Centre (outdoors) - 471 West Park Ave
Opening ceremony performed by White Eagle
Land Acknowledgement
Proclamation and Flag Raising​

7:00 pm: BWG Public Library West Lawn (outdoors) - 425 Holland St W
Opening prayer and smudge performed by Asha Frost, Indigenous Healer
Children's story time – narrated by Emma Petherick
Storyboard walk through the park

Storyboards will be left on the Library West lawn throughout the
weekend (September 30 – October 2). Community members are welcome to
participate in a self-guided walk, at any time throughout the weekend.​