The Municipality of Middlesex Centre will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30, 2022. Also referred to as “Orange Shirt Day,” this day provides all Canadians an opportunity to recognize, remember and reflect on the tragic history and legacy of residential schools and the continued impacts on Indigenous peoples.
Last year, the federal government passed legislation designating September 30 a federal statutory holiday to recognize the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada. The holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80 – to honour survivors, their families, and communities.
In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Canadian Native Flag will be flown at the Middlesex Centre municipal office for two weeks starting September 20.
Municipal Services: The Middlesex Centre municipal office and Komoka Wellness Centre will be closed on Friday, September 30. (Ilderton Arena will be open as is it being used as part of the Ilderton Fair.) Waste and recycling will be collected as usual; there is no change in the schedule for the holiday.
Recognizing and Reflecting
It is our hope that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will present an opportunity for Middlesex Centre staff and others in the community to remember and recognize the legacy of residential schools through quiet reflection, engaged learning, and participation in community events.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Wear an orange shirt in honour of the Every Child Matters movement
- Read about the history of residential schools in Canada from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Learn about the story of Chanie Wenjack as told in the "Secret Path" by Gord Downie
- Attend a local event, such as those being held in Wortley Village in the City of London
For more resources, including links to mental health supports, visit the Government of Canada's webpage for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.