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Renfrew to Recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted On: Monday, September 25, 2023

Renfrew to Recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Community Services department with the Town of Renfrew is pleased to announce several programs this year will recognize and honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Saturday, September 30th, 2023.

Three separate programs are planned leading into the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

  • Kairos Blanket Exercise – September 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Creating Your Own Land Acknowledgment – September 28th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Kairos Blanket Exercise and Land Acknowledgment events are hosted by the Circle of Turtle Lodge.

Indigenous singing, dancing, and drumming with the Spirit Wolf Singers, and dancers Randy Kakegamick, Alexa, Kayla and Sonny Robbins will take place on September 30th outside by Kallies Pavillion in Ma-te-Way Park.

All programs are free to participate in and to register or learn more you can email or call 613-432-4848.

Thanks to grant funding, the Town of Renfrew will offer free bus transportation on September 30th from Renfrew Town Hall to Ma-te-Way Park. Busses will leave Town Hall at 10:00 a.m., 10:20 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. with an accessible bus leaving at 10:30 a.m. Those planning to attend are invited to bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

The Town of Renfrew is located on the traditional territory of the Algonquin People and would like to thank the Algonquin people and express our respect and support for their rich history, and we are extremely grateful for their many and continued displays of friendship.

Mayor Tom Sidney has issued the following statement: "The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important day for our community to come together and take the time to learn, listen and reflect. However, the learning, listening and gaining a better wholesome understanding just doesn't happen one day a year. It's a daily process and I am proud of the direction the Town of Renfrew is going with an understanding that we have more to learn, more to understand and a lot more listening to do. Renfrew is committed."

For more information please contact:

Janyne Fraser

Community Outreach and Programs Coordinator

613-432-4848 ext. 118

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