The Government of Canada recently designated September 30 of every year as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors, their families, and communities; and, to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
To recognize this important date Snuneymuxw First Nation, City of Nanaimo, and Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools, is hosting an event on September 30, 2021 to bring awareness to honour and remember residential school survivors and their families and consider ways in which we can continue to reflect on the truth and advance reconciliation in our community.
The event called Honouring our Children on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will take place on September 30, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm at Maffeo Sutton Park/ Swy-a-Lana in Nanaimo. This will include messages from leaders, a ceremony to celebrate a Welcome Pole by Snuneymuxw carver Noel Brown, Snuneymuxw Flag recognition, Elder sharings, Snuneymuxw Dancers and cultural performances by Children and Youth.
More details will be provided closer to the day. In the meantime, we encourage you to save the date.
Hay ch q'a / Thank you