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National Day For Truth And Reconciliation Events

Thursday September 29th, 2022, 2:45pm


September 30th has been designated National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #80. The Calls to Action offer important direction for all levels of government, institutions and all Canadians to redress the legacy of residential schools and to advance reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day of awareness; a day of remembrance for Indigenous people and a day of education for Canadians. It honours Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensures that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

City of Windsor Free Community Gathering

The City of Windsor, in partnership with Theresa Sims, traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Elder, and inaugural Indigenous Storyteller for the City, will present a special community gathering at the Ojibway Prairie Complex from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

  • Theresa Sims sharing culture and tradition through songs, drumming and stories
  • Display of the “Every Child Matters” banner/flag on the Ojibway Nature Centre
  • Ojibway Nature Centre Colouring Books, illustrated by Mariah Alexander
  • Hands-on ‘Snake Talk’ with Naturalist and Outreach Coordinator Karen Cedar
  • Guided Nature Walks at the Ojibway at 11:00 a.m. and Noon
  • Indian tacos, scone dogs, wild rice, corn on the cob, salad, 3 sisters soup, fruit bowls, and smoothies (while supplies last)
  • Marty Gervais, Windsor’s Poet Laureate Emeritus, sharing poems from the
  • Walk in the Woods: Portrait of the Ojibway Prairie Complex anthology
  • Booth from St. Clair College Indigenous Student Services

Museum Windsor – Chimczuk Museum

Museum Windsor will be open and offering free admission on September 30th.  At the north end of the main floor concourse, this space reflects the culture, heritage and contemporary issues of the local First Nations and Métis communities. It also provides an open and flexible gathering space for programming. This exhibit was developed in consultation with Walpole Island Heritage Centre, Caldwell First Nation, Turtle Island-Aboriginal Education Centre at the University of Windsor, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre and other local community organizations. Features of the exhibition include Creation Stories, Treaties, Residential Schools and 60s Scoop, Language Revitalization, Missing and Murdered Women, Medicine Wheel Teachings, and Cultural Expressions.
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Every Child Matters Walk

Leaving from Art Windsor-Essex at 10:30am and heading along the water.  The walk will conclude at the David Wilson Commons at the University of Windsor for a Drum Social Teach-In from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  The event will honour the spirits of survivors and those who did not come home with the big drum and with speakers who will educate on the truth of residential schools.


Theresa Sims, Elder and Knowledge Keeper of Windsor/Essex County will Open the event at 6:00pm with reflective drumming and singing. Chance Rush will be joining her along with Rudy Indigenous, an Indigenous DJ from Tribal Unite, to motivate and entertain throughout the evening. The Commisariat Building will be open by the Provincial Marine featuring archives for visitors to see.  Park House Museum will be open with Indigenous exhibits focusing on Prehistoric Projectile Points and The Process and Effect of the Fur Trade from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  More information on weekend events can be found here.

Caldwell First Nation

Join the Caldwell First Nation for their Orange Shirt Day event. Event kicks off at 9:30am  at the Caldwell Community Hall (14 Orange Street, Leamington), followed by lunch, drumming, crafts and sharing at Point Pelee National Park (Northwest Beach) from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.


You can join the Town of Essex for a special flag raising ceremony on Friday, September 30th at 11:00am at town hall.


An Orange Shirt Day walk in support of National Truth & Reconciliation Day and Caldwell First Nations takes place at Lakewood Park South 10:00am. Tecumseh residents, along with students from Lakeview Montessori, are invited to wear orange and join the walk.


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