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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.
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.
Penticton residents have two opportunities to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2022.
The first is a Walk for the Children hosted by the Okanagan Nation Alliance. The 5 km walk departs from the Peach in Penticton at 10 am. Participants will make their way along the channel to the Syilx Indian Residential School Monument outside the Penticton Hatchery on En’owkin Trail on the Penticton Indian Reserve. The Penticton Indian Band will also be hosting a special event for Okanagan Nation members following the walk.
The second is a Celebration of Indigenous Culture and Resiliency in Gyro Park hosted by the Four Seasons Cultural Society. Supported by the City of Penticton, the event will feature Red Spotted Horse Drum Group, dance performances and an invitation for the public to join in a Round Dance to honour survivors and those lost to Canada’s residential schools. If you would like to show your support online, we encourage you to share your photos using #truthandreconciliation or #orangeshirtday