Communities gathered across Canada Saturday (Sept. 30) to recognize the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The federal holiday recognizes the legacy of Canada’s residential school system and its harms to Indigenous Peoples.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says today should be about listening to survivors.
In B.C., events were held across the province with a bike ride through the Capital region, a walk in Penticton, speeches and performances in Maple Ridge, a procession through Campbell River and a ceremony in Kelowna.
Truth and Reconciliation Day ceremony with Westbank Forst Nations, Kelowna and West Kelowna RCMP. Elder Gary Swite how the community’s relationship with the RCMP has changed over the course of his life. More at kelownacapnews.com♬ original sound - Kelowna Capital News
In Ottawa, residential school survivors and Indigenous leaders attended a commemorative event on Parliament Hill beginning at noon.
Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon, who was expected to attend, says the day is one for reflection but also for action.
There are also events taking place across the country, including powwows in Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is offering free admission today, as is the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.
In Montreal, a rally and march starts at 1 p.m. featuring speakers and drummers.
The Canadian Press