City Announces Plans For Commemoration Of Canada Day 2021

Tuesday June 29th, 2021

Posted at 5:46pm

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City of Windsor officials say they stands with Indigenous peoples in grief and shame regarding the recent horrific discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools.

To support continued education and learning regarding the historical grievances perpetrated against Indigenous peoples Windsor City Hall will be illuminated orange instead of the traditional red and white on July 1, 2021.

A special educational video produced in partnership with Theresa Sims, an Indigenous Culture and Language Specialist who is an Elder for Ska:na Family Learning Centre, will be debuted online at 2:15 p.m. on July 1st, 2021.

“Like everyone, I am personally saddened by the recent discoveries. Canada Day provides an opportunity for reflection and learning. I strongly encourage everyone to spend some time building their understanding of this painful part of our national story. At the same time, we should recognize that Canada today serves as a beacon of hope, freedom and opportunity in a difficult world. We are the nation of residential schools. But we are also a nation known for international peacekeeping, multiculturalism and welcoming tens of thousands refugees. July 1st commemorations most appropriately recognize both the painful and positive aspects of our national identity,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens.

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