City of Fort Saskatchewan: Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. The City of Fort Saskatchewan will honour this Federal Statutory Holiday to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
What this means for residents:
• City Hall, Fort Heritage Precinct, Shell Theatre and the James E Graham building will be closed.
• Harbour Pool will be open for swim lessons only.
• Court Proceedings will continue as scheduled.
• Dow Centennial Centre, Taurus Field and the Arenas will be open regular hours for this year.
• Bookings and rentals will continue as scheduled.
• Transit is running a regular schedule.
The City will offer training by researcher and consultant, Miranda Jimmy, for City staff on Tuesday, September 28 and Wednesday, September 29.
“Reconciliation needs to be grounded in truth and proven through action. I appreciate that the City of Fort Saskatchewan is taking steps on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to support education within their administration and more broadly to the community that is about learning more of the truth. I am proud to support their learning by sharing part of my story and experience as an intergenerational survivor of the residential school system. I hope the truth that is shared inspires further learning and reflection on September 30 and ultimately deepened understanding on this path towards reconciliation that we walk together,” explains Miranda Jimmy.
Also on September 30, there will be a Moment of Refection at City Hall from 2pm – 3pm. Indigenous Community Members will share their truth as a way towards reconciliation. The City will be supporting a virtual speaker event with the Multicultural Association that evening.