City to formally observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat will formally observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a general holiday on Friday, September 30.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was introduced in 2021 to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call for Action to honour survivors of residential schools and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

“The City of Medicine Hat and surrounding areas has a deep and rich history that spans more than 10,000 years. We acknowledge and respect that we live and work on Treaty 7 territory and are a neighbour to Treaty 4 territory,” said Mayor Linnsie Clark. “This day of Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to recognize the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, Stoney Nakoda, and Tsuut'ina, as well as the Cree, Sioux, the Métis Nation within Region Ill, and Saulteaux bands of the Ojibwa people who have called this land home for generations. We also acknowledge the harmful affects of colonization and the impact it has had for the Indigenous People of Canada. Today, we honour those directly and indirectly impacted by the Residential School System, as well as the '60s Scoop, and reflect on the importance of listening, understanding and mutual respect in our shared journey towards reconciliation.”

The City of Medicine Hat encourages residents to acknowledge the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by learning about our shared Indigenous history and the painful legacy and ongoing impacts of the residential school system.

The Saamis Tepee will be lit orange on September 30 to bring awareness to this important day.

The public is advised of the following impacts to City of Medicine Hat services on September 30

  • City Hall will be closed to the public
  • Big Marble Go Centre will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Co-op Place and Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre will be closed to the public
  • Transit service will not be available
  • There will be no solid waste collection, instead collection will resume on Monday, October 3 as per the 2022 residential waste collection calendar

To learn more about our Indigenous history, as well as the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, please visit https://nctr.ca/

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