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Truth and Reconciliation 2022

Another jam packed day in the riding honouring the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We recognize the children who never returned home as well as the survivors of residential schools, in addition to their families and communities.

I was excited to be at the flag raising at Hillcrest Park, along with several other local dignitaries.

Staff photo of the Truth and Reconciliation Flag Raising at Hillcrest Park on Friday September 30th

Gatherings such as these are vital to recognize the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools.

Every Child Matters… we are all a child of someone and some of us have kids of our own.

Wearing Orange raises awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and promotes this concept.

It’s a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

I concluded the day by dropping the puck at the Orange Wave Game at Norwest Arena between the Kam River Fighting Walleye and Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

We strive to do better going forward.