The Government of Canada recently passed legislation declaring September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for us all to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. It is also a day to honour and remember the survivors, their families, and communities who continue to bear witness to these tragedies.

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills is hosting a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Community Vigil on Thursday September 30th, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in front of Almonte Old Town Hall. Mississippi Mills All My Relations  will be facilitating the vigil.  This is an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with Indigenous Peoples and consider how we can renew our friendships.  People are welcome to step into the circle for a little while, to participate in a reading, to light a candle – to come and go as they are able.  There will be a quiet sharing of a few readings beginning at 7:30.

We encourage everyone to take steps to raise understanding about residential schools and their ongoing effect on Indigenous Peoples. Here are some ideas:

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action  and the Ten Guiding Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

There is a National Crisis Line is available to provide support to former residential school students and those affected. Emotional and crisis referral services are available by calling 1-866-925-4419.

Mississippi Mills All My Relations is a concerned group of community members living in the Mississippi Mills area who recognize that we have a responsibility to help restore what was once a relationship of trust and friendship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in our country.