Warning: Some information detailed on our website may stir up or trigger unpleasant feelings or thoughts for members of the community. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone who may need counselling or support. Call 1-800-721-0066 or the 24-hr crisis line 1-866-925-4419. First Nations Health Authority also has resources available on their website.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
On June 21, Penticton recognizes and celebrates the history, heritage, resilience and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada.
For opportunities to participate in activities and learn more about local indigenous culture, check out the Events Calendar or the resources provided below.
Join the conversation online using hashtags #NIHM2023 and #NIPD2023.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The discoveries of indigenous children buried across the country this year have left us all in anger, sadness and pain. There isn't a Reserve or Indigenous community who hasn't been impacted by the Residential School System and that includes our syilx neighbours from the Penticton Indian Band. Today, we send our acknowledgement of the pain experienced and commit to taking time on the 30th of September each year to reflect.
Following senior levels of government, the City of Penticton has proclaimed September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day, a day to honour survivors; their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Details to come for how Penticton residents can recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
If you would like to show your support online, we encourage you to share your photos using #truthandreconciliation or #orangeshirtday