National Day of Truth and Reconciliation message from Greg Rickford

By Greg Rickford
MPP, Kenora-Rainy River

This year, September 30th marks the first observance of a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is vital that we commemorate the loss of generations who are no longer with us, and to acknowledge the ongoing trauma experienced by residential school survivors, their families and their communities.

Indigenous peoples have endured the harsh realities and have felt the impact of residential schools for generations. It is long past time for all Ontarians to acknowledge this dark stain on our history and to take action. We encourage everyone to attend a local event today, whether in-person or virtual to learn more about the impact of residential schools. This is an opportunity to reflect and strengthen our relationships with Indigenous peoples and to play an active role in supporting healing and reconciliation.

This long and difficult journey cannot be completed in one day; we must pledge to undertake it — together — each and every day.