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September 17, 2021

Wawa, ON: Wawa Council is committed to truth and reconciliation, and building good relationships with our Indigenous neighbours. As part of this commitment, and following the Federal Government’s lead, Council has directed that Municipal staff observe September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

During the September 30th statutory holiday, Town Hall and all municipal facilities will be closed and staff is encouraged to continue to expand their education as part of their individual reconciliation efforts. This day provides an opportunity for public commemoration of the history and lasting impact of residential schools and is an important component of the reconciliation process included in the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Wawa residents interested in developing a better understanding can visit the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s website, or use your Libby App to access digital books by Indigenous authors, such as “21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act” by Robert P.C. Joseph.

You may also notice something a little different about the Wawa Goose Monument on September 30th. Orange lights will be illuminated on the Goose to honour survivors of residential schools, along with their families and communities.

“Council has prioritized relationship building with our Indigenous neighbours,” said Mayor Rody. “We will continue to work with local Indigenous leaders to best determine how we can support their efforts and find opportunities to learn and highlight the First Nation roots of the community."

“Thank you to municipal staff for having the orange lights illuminating the Wawa Goose in honour and recognition of the residential school survivors and their families on September 30th. This is only a small part of recognition, and we have much more work to do.”

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