As the country marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a number of events, both virtual and personal, are being organized in Toronto and the GTA to celebrate the day.
Indigenous leaders and activists call upon Canadians to truly reflect on reconciliation and observe the day by reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Call to Action, wearing orange shirts purchased from an Indigenous artist or company, and donating to Indigenous causes. is invoked.
In addition, the following events are open to the public on Thursday to mark the day:
Gord Downey and Chaney Weinjack Fund (DWF)
Gord Downey and Chani Wenjack Fund President and CEO hosted a virtual discussion to explore the importance of September 30, what this new day for reconciliation in Canada means and how to participate in a meaningful way.
Notable speakers in the discussion are Hilori Tenute, Interim Executive Director, Canadian Roots Exchange, Blair Cunningham, Orange Shirt Society board member, Bob Watts, former Interim Executive Director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and DWF Board Chair and Harriet Visitor, niece of Chani Wenjack and are included. DWF Board Member.
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Georgian College, in partnership with Indigenous Services, is offering a virtual conversation with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Eskimoux, Honorary Witness of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Discussion, which is called “In the Spirit”. of reconciliation”. The focus will be on what post-secondary institutions can do to honor the spirit of reconciliation.
Michael Garrone Hospital
The Michael Garron Hospital will hold a sacred fire and pipe ceremony at 12 p.m. at the Bears Den All Nations Traditional Medicine Sweat Lodge, with Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdswell in attendance.
The program provides the community with an opportunity to reflect and remember the legacy of residential schools, murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and our collective responsibilities for truth and reconciliation with First National, Inuit and Métis (FNIM). Provides an opportunity to become more aware. Community
Seneca College will hold a virtual interview with Dr. Robert Joseph and Karen Joseph, head of the non-profit group Reconciliation Canada, hosted by Candy Palmeter. The discussion will center around National Truth and Reconciliation Day, residential schools and the growing number of graves uncovered across the country.
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Native Arts Society
The Native Arts Society will hold a pop up at Allen Gardens from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. selling orange T-shirts, hand-printed screens.
The group consists of inter-generational survivors of residential schools who have been printing and selling orange shirts for four years. All proceeds from the sale go to Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction to support survivors in Toronto.
The Toronto Zoo begins the day with a traditional Indigenous opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and is offering complimentary admission to Indigenous peoples on Thursday. The zoo will host all-day programming at the main entrance and their First Nations art park in partnership with Native Child and Family Services Toronto.
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto’s Hart House is hosting a virtual event at 2 p.m. featuring a keynote speech by Indigenous author Lee Maracal, titled “Reconciliation Before Truth.”
Chiefswood Park Vigilance
The Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council will host a candlelight vigil to honor residential school survivors and children who didn’t make it home at 4 p.m. in Chiefswood Park, Ohio.
Members of the community are invited to participate in the performance from 4:00 to 6:00 pm and hold a sparkle or traditional medicine. Attendance is limited due to COVID-19 protocols and the event will be livestreamed on the Grand River’s Six Nations facebook page.
Oakville Center for the Performing Arts
The Oakville Center for the Performing Arts is hosting “Shawney Kish in Person” – a live event featuring indigenous To Spirit musician Shawnee Kish.
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Mississauga Celebration Square
All 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be displayed on screens in Mississauga’s Celebration Square throughout the day.
Short films will also be played on the screen by indigenous filmmakers at 12 noon, 2 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm
On the upper square of Celebration Square, CBC Music’s indigenous Cnaada playlist will play throughout the day. It features a collection of music by indigenous artists from across Canada, from Canadian originals and rock to hip hop and R&B to povo and hand drums.
Blake Street PS School Council
Blake Street PS School Council is hosting a sunset ceremony to remember the lost children and survivors of residential schools. The event will take place at Greenwood Park at 6:30 pm and will be attended by grass dancer Randy Mersti.
Community members are invited to wear orange shirts and masks and are requested to follow social distancing.
1492 Landback Lane
1492 Landback Lane, an organization consisting of the Six Nations of Grand River Territory land guards, is hosting a Unity Jam concert at Dufferin Grove Park starting at 3 p.m.
The show will feature Indigenous singer-songwriters Derek Miller and Logan Stats as well as Layla Black, a fourth-generation residential school survivor and multidisciplinary artist specializing in digital media, and more.
The event is kid-friendly, drug and alcohol free and will also feature pay-what-you-can barbecue.