Grandfather Sun was smiling brightly over the Rainy River District on the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30. The day was used to honour the survivors of residential schools, and the children who never returned. It was also a day to celebrate new generations of Indigenous children, who are able to be raised with the language and traditions passed down by their parents and grandparents. Several events took place throughout the day. The overpass bridging the divide between Couchiching First Nations and Fort Frances was decorated with orange ribbons by the Fort Frances Lakers. Art installations were unveiled, a walk with around 200 people took place, a drive-thru lunch, drum circles and ceremonies took place throughout the morning, with the day capping off with a powwow at Couchiching First Nations.
-Merna Emara and Megan Walchuk photos