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September 23rd, 2022
“I encourage everyone across the region to pause and reflect on the legacy of the residential school system and the impact it has on Indigenous Peoples and communities, including right here in this region,” said Mayor Sandy Bowman. “It’s important we recognize and acknowledge this on September 30, while remaining committed to listening, learning and taking positive action towards reconciliation each and every day in the months and years ahead.”
A community gathering and walk is scheduled for September 30th in Fort McMurray, to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The Gathering, which will start at 9:30am, will be held in front of the Municipal Jubilee building, and will feature a prayer and short address before participants walk to MacDonald Island where there will be light refreshments and an opportunity for more informal conversations.
The Gathering and Walk is organized in partnership with the Athabasca Tribal Council, Indigenous Governments and communities, the Centre for Hope, The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, the regional Recreation Corporation, RCMP, and the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society.