September 30, 2022 marks Canada’s second National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, formerly known as Orange Shirt Day. This September 30, the Town will recognize the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Heritage Square at Ajax Town Hall (65 Harwood Avenue South) with a special flag raising and proclamation followed by an orange crosswalk unveiling at the entrance of Rotary Park (177 Lake Driveway West) – designed by Indigenous artist, and member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Jon Colwell. These programs will help support bringing the community together and making a space for education, reflection and healing.

Truth and Reconciliation Day signifies a time in which we continue to shine a light on Canada’s stark history. It is a time that we honour all of the Indigenous children actively taken at the hands of the Canadian residential school system. This unthinkable part of Canadian history has caused intergenerational trauma and deep rooted sorrow for Indigenous communities across Canada. This is a time to reflect upon and learn the history, sacrifices, cultures, contributions and present-day strength of First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities in Canada and our community.

On behalf of Ajax Council, I encourage all Ajacians to join us in wearing the colour orange in honour of #EveryChildMatters and to raise awareness for Truth and Reconciliation Day.