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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Renfrew County reflects in support for Indigenous Peoples – Pembroke Today

Sep 29, 2023

The regional Indigenous community is actively participating in a weeklong series of events, marking a newly designated national holiday while highlighting the significance of reflection, education, and reconciliation. As the weekend nears, a lineup of activities continues to deepen the understanding of Indigenous history and experiences. myFM spoke with Aimee Bailey, Spokesperson for The Circle of Turtle Lodge, who gave us a full breakdown of all the community activities centered around Truth and Reconciliation and what it really means.

The week began with a strong emphasis on revisiting history, featuring a powerful Kairos Blanket Exercise that vividly portrayed the historical experiences of Indigenous Canadians, including residential school trauma. This was followed by a heartfelt Remembrance Day ceremony dedicated to survivors of residential schools and children who never returned home.

Looking ahead to this weekend, a series of impactful events are on the horizon. Friday just after 10 AM, the local college will host a Remembrance Ceremony at its Medicine Garden, allowing students and staff to honor the Indigenous community.

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