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

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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. Continue Reading →

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Port Hope working on truth and reconciliation, says mayor on eve of national holiday

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When you read the 2015 final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it speaks directly to the various levels of government urging them to act. Mainly, it focuses on things related to the federal and provincial levels of government. The mention of municipal levels of government is not as much. And, yet, it does talk about educating municipal public servants, releasing archival documents related to Indigenous people, engaging Indigenous people in policies that would impact them, and honour the contributions of local Indigenous people to the community. Port Hope Mayor Bob Sanderson explains how the council and staff are working towards meeting those goals as the town honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Continue Reading →

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Alderville chief recalls government’s record as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation approaches as

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On September 30, the federal government set aside the day for Canadians to reflect on a travesty of residential schools. It is a statutory holiday officially called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The government approved it in August. You may recognize the date. September 30 was Orange Shirt Day. Continue Reading →

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Alderville historian offers insight into the discovery of 215 children’s bodies in Kamloops

 

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The recent discovery of the bodies of 215 Indigenous school children on the site of a residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia, impacted the residents of Alderville. A range of emotions was felt throughout the community, from heartache to grief, to anger. A march was quickly organized to bring people together. They walked from the health centre on Highway 45 towards the war monument, near the band council’s office. Flags were lowered across the county and across the country. Continue Reading →

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Impact of residential schools on generations of children felt in Alderville, says Chief Dave Mowat

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Sitting on the Second Line Road, just a short drive east of the Alderville Memorial on County Road 45, is a white, long building next to a very old United Church. The elongated building stretching back from the road is home to the administration offices of the Alderville First Nation. But before that, it was a Day School for the local Indigenous community. Prior to that, it was an industrial school dating back to 1838 when the government of Upper Canada decided it wanted to train boys from Indigenous communities. They took these children from their families in Alderville, Mud Lake, and Lake Scugog to turn them into tradespeople. Continue Reading →

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Local First Nations youth talks about National Aboriginal Day

Local journalism student and First Nations resident Corey Jacobs talks about National Aboriginal Day and its meaning for him on Consider This Live on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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