Lanark County is set to host a significant event this coming Friday in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and they’re extending a warm invitation to all members of the community.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an annual observance held on Sept. 30, dedicated to reflecting upon the tragic legacy of residential schools, acknowledging the missing children, the families affected, and the survivors of these institutions. Public commemoration plays a vital role in recognizing the painful history and ongoing repercussions of residential schools, contributing to the broader process of reconciliation.
On Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., Lanark County will hold a flag raising and ceremony at the Lanark County Administration Building, located at 99 Christie Lake Road in Perth, to mark this important day.
Warden Peter McLaren, who is also Lanark Highlands Reeve, expressed the significance of the event, stating, “On Friday, we will raise the flag to honour survivors, their families, and communities. I encourage everyone to consider the Calls to Action and how each of us can play a part in reconciliation. Learning about and commemorating the truth of our history is a simple action we can all take part in to build and strengthen the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”
The 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are the result of the efforts of residential school survivors, who advocated for recognition and accountability for the intergenerational harm caused. Call to Action 80 specifically called for the creation of a statutory day of remembrance, which led to the establishment of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021. This day builds on the foundation of Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemoration aimed at raising awareness and promoting the concept that “Every Child Matters.”
All residents of Lanark County and surrounding areas are encouraged to attend this important ceremony and show their support for reconciliation efforts and the healing of communities affected by the legacy of residential schools.