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Each child counts as hoisted at Northumberland County Headquarters on September 27, 2021 (Photo: Submitted / Northumberland County)

Northumberland County Raises Every Child Counts Flag Ahead of National Truth and Reconciliation Day

Cobourg, ON – September 27, 2021 – Northumberland County today hoisted the orange “Every Child Matters” flag on the community flag pole at 555 Courthouse Road, leading up to the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021.

At the County Council meeting on September 15, the council proclaimed September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Northumberland County and pledged to hoist the Every Child Counts flag from September 27 to October 1st. also be illuminated with orange lights on the evening of September 30 in recognition of this day.

The federal government designated September 30 as the annual National Truth and Reconciliation Day in response to Call to Action 80 in the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This call to action calls on the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, to establish a statutory holiday to honor residential school survivors, their families and their communities.

The National Truth and Reconciliation Day builds on the Orange Shirt Day movement; a day when Canadians wear orange to recognize and raise awareness of the history and legacy of the residential school system in Canada. Orange Shirt Day was born out of the story of a survivor, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt removed on her first day at residential school.

“Establishing a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ensures that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains an essential part of the process of reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples,” says Director of Bob Crate County.

“This is a solemn day of reflection on the children, families and communities who have been so dramatically affected by the policies and practices of the residential school system, and the impacts that continue to be felt today. As we mark this first day of remembrance, Northumberland County remains committed to taking meaningful steps towards reconciliation and deepening our knowledge of this history, as well as the history and contributions of the traditional custodians of this land. .

For more information on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, visit
https://www.canada.ca/en/patrimoine-canadien/campagnes/journe-nationale-verite-reconciliation.html