RECONCILIATION IS NOT JUST AN INDIGENOUS ISSUE – IT IS A CANADIAN ISSUE
Logan MillerPublished: Sep 29th, 2023 2:21pm
Saturday, September 30 marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To recognize the day, media outlets across the country have partnered with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) for A Day to Listen 2023.
In that spirit, our on-air partners at Rock 95 and Kool FM will be stepping aside to allow stories from Indigenous youth and Elders, based on this year’s theme of “Mino Bimaadiziwin: Honouring Indigenous Identity.”
Hosted by William Prince, Shoshona Kisk, and Aysanabee, this year’s programming will feature 13 special guests, including:
- Alan Greyeyes
- Buffy Sainte-Marie
- Ilona Verley
- Jordin TooToo
These special guests will talk about Indigenous identity, land protection, the fusion of traditional and contemporary music, climate change, and more.
By highlighting and listening to Indigenous Peoples we can learn what we can do as a country, as we move forward with hope for future generations of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
ABOUT THE GORD DOWNIE & CHANIE WENJACK FUND (DWF)
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) was created when two families came together to make change, uphold Chanie and Gord’s legacies, and create a pathway on the journey toward reconciliation.
DWF provides access to education on the true history of Canada and the true history and lasting impact of residential schools.
Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to action to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
WHAT DOES RECONCILIATION MEAN?
DWF recognizes that reconciliation is not easily defined. It is not linear and does not have a clear endpoint.
To us, reconciliation is a continuous process, a journey that leads to improved outcomes for Indigenous people throughout Canada. Awareness of the past, an acknowledgment of harm, and action to change behaviour are integral to the process.
Reconciliation is not just an Indigenous issue – it is a Canadian issue.
To learn more about DWF’s work, and what you can do to get involved, visit downiewenjack.ca
News release – City of Barrie
To recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, opportunities for community members to learn and reflect are being offered leading up to and on September 30 in a collaborative effort between the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC), Red Quills, the City of Barrie, and the Barrie Public Library. Opportunities for the Barrie community are as follows:
Open House and Family Activities
City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street) on September 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Learn more about the Indigenous organizations in our area, including the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC), Red Quills, and more. Family activities provided by the Barrie Public Library will include a story walk of The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, an orange shirt flag craft station, and Every Child Matters button-making.
Flag Raising and Awareness Walk
City Hall Courtyard (70 Collier Street) on September 29 at 4 p.m.
- The Every Child Matters flag will be raised at City Hall. Show your support, wear orange, and walk with the Indigenous community to honour all who have been impacted by residential schools. Immediately following the flag raising, the walk will start from the courtyard, and proceed around the block and back along the sidewalks. Suitable for all ages.
Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle
Spirit Catcher (25 Simcoe Street) on September 30, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle hosted by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre will honour all who have been impacted by residential schools. Throughout the day, guests will join the circle to share their thoughts and experiences. All are welcome to reflect, offer a prayer, share stories, learn and heal together as a community. The Sunrise and Pipe Ceremony will be led by Elder James Carpenter and the Fire Keepers Mshukwad Akiwenzie and Jeff Smith.