On September 30, the City of London will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Here's What's Happening in London
The City of London encourages all Londoners to wear orange to raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools, and to honour survivors. On September 26 through through October 2, City of London buildings will be lit orange in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and an “Every Child Matters” flag will be raised at City Hall.
To learn more about the “Every Child Matters” movement and the woman who inspired it, visit https://www.orangeshirtday.org/.
Raising of the Five Signatory First Nations Flags
In recognition of the anniversary of the London Township Treaty, the flags of the five signatory First Nations were on display on the second floor at London's City Hall. To learn more about the London Township Treaty and its history, you can visit https://bit.ly/3pc6CgR
Ceremonial Nibi Walk & “We Are Still Here” Mural Unveiling
Londoners are invited to participate in the N’Amerind Friendship Centre’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony taking place outside of the N’Amerind Friendship Centre on Friday, September 30 at approximately 2 p.m. This ceremony will honour Residential School Survivors, the children who were lost through Canada’s residential school system, their families and communities.
As part of the ceremony, the N’Amerind Friendship Centre, the City of London and the London Arts Council will unveil “We Are Still Here,” a large-scale, seven-panel Indigenous mural on the exterior wall of the N’Amerind Friendship Centre.
In addition, the N’Amerind Friendship Centre is planning a Nibi Walk and Run ahead of the ceremony. To learn more about the Nibi Walk and Run, please contact Tracey Whiteye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indigenous Artworks on Display at City Hall
Throughout September, Londoners are encouraged to visit the second floor of City Hall, where local Indigenous art will be on display. Art on display includes The Medicine Wheel created by Brenda Collins, the Traditional Métis Ceremonial Smoking Hat by Annette Sullivan and Giizhik Medicine Earrings created by Chandra Nolan. Each piece represents various themes that speak to Indigenous worldviews and experiences.
Orange Shirt 5K
The N'Amerind Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program is hosting a Every Child Matters Orange Shirt 5K on September 25, 2022. Registration is now open and limited to 100 sports. The 5K will start in Springbank Park at the Stone Cottage (1040 Flint Lane) and will be an out and back route utilizing the pathways.
It's important to note that all proceeds will go towards N'Amerind programming.
Administrative Office Closures
All City administrative offices will be closed on Friday, September 30, including City Hall, Citi Plaza, all Ontario Works offices, and the Provincial Offences Administrative Office. Additionally, community centres, aquatic facilities, and Storybook Gardens will be closed on this date.
Ontario Works monthly cheque pick-ups at Citi Plaza will take place on September 28 and 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Waste and recycling collection will continue as scheduled, and EnviroDepots will remain open on September 30.
Emergency services will continue.
There will be no curbside garbage or recycling collection. Please refer to the new 2022/2023 Waste Reduction & Conservation Calendar or Zone Finder online for your next scheduled curbside collection day. Apartments will have waste and recycling collection as scheduled. EnviroDepots and the Landfill will remain open as scheduled.
Dearness Home will remain open on September 30 for visits from essential caregivers and pre-booked general visitors. For information related to visits at Dearness Home, please visit london.ca/dearness.
ReconciliACTION Speaker Series
Atlohsa and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives have partnered to invite Londoners to learn and unlearn with them through a month-long speaker series entitled ReconciliACTION: An (Un)Learning Series, offered at various colonial and Indigenized spaces across the city. Londoners are invited to learn and journey together towards radical truth telling and self-reflection to reconcile Canada’s ongoing settler colonialism with the loving future we envision for our communities. All are welcome who bring their open hearts and minds. Learn more about this series and it's guest speakers at : ReconciliACTION: An (Un)Learning Series – Atlohsa
London Public Library
The London Public Library is an excellent resource to learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Visit https://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/page/truth-and-reconciliation to learn about some of the Indigenous authors highlighted this month.
Sharing Circle for Truth and Reconciliation
You are invited to participate in a sharing circle to reflect on reconciliation and solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Our guests include Ray John, Indigenous cultural teacher at the London District Catholic School Board, and Betsy Kechego, Chippewas of the Thames Councillor. Please bring your questions for our guests. This event is being offered in partnership with the City of London’s Community Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdu2grTkoG9X6uWDQ-NfJNLWFAF_ePwGv , or call 519-661-4600, or email email@example.com
Gathering at the Green (Wortley Village)
September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to honour those who survived residential schools and to remember those who did not. Join Atlohsa Family Healing Services and Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre as the community comes together for a gathering on Friday, September 30. The event starts at 7:00 a.m. with a Community Fire and the Gathering of the community from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Learning more about the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is an important for all Canadians. It's a step towards understanding our country's history better and towards creating a better future for all. Below you will find a list of resources and organizations that can help you learn more.