Honouring the Children
In acknowledgment of the residential school victims and September 30, the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation, beginning September 25, CPL is inviting community members to tie a ribbon at designated spots around CPL branches.
Ribbons will be displayed at all branches until the end of October 2021.
To learn more about the ongoing process of reconciliation, here are some resources:
National Day for Truth & Reconciliation September 30, 2021
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is designated as an opportunity to ‘recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.’ It was originally proposed in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which under Action 80 called upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
You may already know that September 30 has been observed since 2013 as Orange Shirt Day, a movement to recognizing the colonial legacy of residential schools and the commitment to the continuous process of reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day recalls the experience of residential school Survivor Phyllis Webstad, who at six was stripped of her shiny new orange shirt on her first day attending the St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake, BC. The date of September 30 was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools.
Finding the Ojibwe Horse
What does a classically-trained orchestral french horn player have in common with a Métis visual artist?
In the case of Ken MacDonald and Rhonda Snow, both are caretakers of Ojibwe Horses, Canada’s only Indigenous-developed horse breed. Ken and Rhonda combine their music and painting to share the stories and knowledge about the “Small Horses of the Big Woods”.
September 29 | 7 pm | Zoom | Ages 6+ | Register today!