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.
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.
This year, COVID-19 prevents us from gathering in Gyro Park to listen and be with each other to show our support. Like those who came before us, we must adapt and show our resilience. If you would like to show your support online, we encourage you to share your photos using #truthandreconciliation or #orangeshirtday