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Kawartha Lakes recognizes the month of September for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Mayor Letham and TRC-Bobcaygeon raising the flag

Kawartha Lakes recognizes the month of September leading up to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Mayor Letham and TRC-Bobcaygeon holding the Every Child Matters FlagKawartha Lakes – The municipality is flying the Orange Shirt Day flag at half-mast at City Hall for the month of September to signify a time for residents to reflect and learn more about the lived experiences of residential school survivors, their families and communities.

The Federal government has announced September 30, 2021 as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (National Orange Shirt Day) and a statutory holiday. Municipal services will remain open during regular business hours on this day.

Kawartha Lakes responds to Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report on June 2, 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. The recent discoveries of remains and unmarked graves across Canada have led to increased calls for all levels of government to address the recommendations in the TRC’s Calls to Action. All Canadians and all orders of government have a role to play in reconciliation.

In response to the 57th Call to Action: Municipal governments are to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism. City Staff, members of Council, the Planning Advisory Committee and the Committee of Adjustment will be required to take mandatory training that begins this month.

In response to the 67th, 68th, 69th and 70th Calls to Action: A Repatriation Policy has been adopted by Council to address repatriation of Indigenous artefacts and remains and sharing of archival information with First Nations.

Further actions include a First Nations Land Acknowledgement and a First Nations Consultation Policy recognizing Treaty 20 and the “Williams Treaties”.

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