How Edmonton will have a good time the primary Nationwide Reality and Reconciliation Day

Canada’s first national day of Truth and Reconciliation takes place this week on Thursday, September 30th, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day.

Although Alberta does not recognize September 30 as a public holiday in the province, Edmonton and across the country host events throughout the day to honor and support the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit.

In addition, the city of Edmonton considers September 30th a public holiday for all city workers and encourages them to learn more about the intergenerational trauma inflicted on indigenous peoples.

“The City of Edmonton recognizes the incredible importance of this national holiday for truth and reconciliation. Our commitment to the indigenous community with whom we share this land is to continue working with them, understanding them and growing as we recognize the mistakes of the past and build bridges to the future, ”said Andre Corbould, Director of the City of Edmonton, in a news release.

The high-level bridge will be illuminated in orange to mark the day and encourage the city to ponder the heritage of the Indian Residential Schools.

Another way to celebrate the day, aside from wearing an orange shirt, is to take part in the Roots for Trees Plant Giveaway. Edmontonians are invited to pick a plant, speak to an elder, and plant their tree as an act of reconciliation in Hawrelak Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find more information about this event on their event page.

An orange shirt day run / walk will also take place in the Indigenous Art Park. A ceremony will begin at 3pm followed by a 4pm walk / run to provide support and awareness to those who did not survive the boarding era and to those who did.

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society has partnered with the Assembly of Seven Generations, Project of Heart, and Beechwood Cemetery to host a day of education, reflection, and action for reconciliation, honoring the survivors and victims of boarding schools. Activities include book readings, movie screenings, a history reconciliation walking tour led by guides such as historian John Malloy, and an action table to take part in. Here you can register online.

If you are of indigenous descent and need assistance:

National Indian Residential School Crisis: 1-866-925-4419

Native Youth Crisis Line: 1-877-209-1266

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