National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government is recognizing September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a day committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten. The County of Elgin’s news release can be found here

You can show your support by:

  • wearing an Orange shirt on September 30th,
  • attending one of the local events or programs listed below,
  • placing a hold on one of the books featured in one of our book lists and committing to reading it and other books by and about Indigenous Peoples, 
  • reviewing the 94 Truth and Reconciliation calls to action and committing to at least one,
  • and listening to Indigenous Peoples in our community and beyond. 

Library Programs on September 30th

Indigenous Words & Stories | Shedden Library @ 11am

A half-hour program focusing on Indigenous stories - and peace, love and understanding. We'll also make customized wearable buttons to show our support. Suitable for all ages. Bring a chair if you have one, and remember to social distance. Program will be held weather permitting. Contact Shedden Library with any questions 519-764-2081

Indigenous Words & Stories | Port Stanley Library @ 1pm

A half-hour program focusing on Indigenous stories - and peace, love and understanding. We'll also make customized wearable buttons to show our support. Suitable for all ages. Bring a chair if you have one, and remember to social distance. Program will be held weather permitting. Contact Port Stanley Library with any questions 519-782-4241

Outdoor Storytime | Springfield Library @ 10:30am

Join us for a special story time that focuses on peace, love and understanding. Suitable for all ages. Held in the back garden at Malahide Community Place. Please bring your own blanket and practice social distancing. Program will be held weather permitting.

Springfield Library
12105 Whittacker Road, Springfield, Ontario N0L 2J0
Call 519-765-4515 with any questions

Indigenous Storytime with Elgin County Library at West Lorne Arena and Dutton Dunwich Fire Hall

Please visit the respective municipalities' websites for details about each event: West Elgin Event
Dutton Dunwich Event

Resources

Information about the First Nation Communities Read can be found here. 

Documents and further reading:

Digital events to attend:

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone who may need counselling or support. Call 1-800-721-0066 or the 24-hr crisis line 1-866-925-4419.

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