Cobourg honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, plus launches new inclusion strategy

Cobourg crosswalk seven feathers

About 300 people gathered at a newly painted crosswalk at Albert and Second streets to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The crosswalk is painted orange with seven white features, noting the seven sacred teachings. Local politicians, elders, and the public attended on Sept. 30.

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This past week, Canadians were asked to reflect on the plight of Indigenous people who suffered in the residential school system. Local municipalities and the county government found ways to engage residents, staff, and politicians in educating themselves and others. Cobourg decided to paint a crosswalk orange with seven white feathers, representing seven sacred truths. But this effort and others are part of a larger change the municipality wants to make. It hopes to implement an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy to create a more welcoming place. Cobourg Mayor John Henderson talks about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the new inclusion strategy.

Originally aired: Oct. 1, 2021


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