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Message from acting CAO Ryan Cronsberry 
Today, the Town will raise a flag in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Staff are encouraged to come to the flag raising at the Civic Centre this morning at 9 a.m.

Members of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation will also be speaking and performing a smudging ceremony.

Earlier this year, the Government of Canada passed legislation to recognize Sept. 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day commemorates the tragedy of residential schools in Canada and their continuing impact on Indigenous communities, and ensures public observation of the history and legacy of residential schools remain a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Please use this day for meaningful contemplation or participation in events honouring the occasion.
Land acknowledgement
We acknowledge the Town of Georgina is located over lands originally used and occupied by the First Peoples of the Williams Treaties First Nations and other Indigenous Peoples and thank them for sharing this land. We would also like to acknowledge the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation as our close neighbour and friend, one with which we strive to build a cooperative and respectful relationship.
Orange Shirt Day
In 2013, Sept. 30 was declared Orange Shirt Day. It is a day to acknowledge the harm and trauma caused by the residential school system and remind everyone of the impact that is still felt to this day. It is also a day to affirm our commitment to ensure everyone around us matters.

The orange shirt was chosen to represent this day as it references a real orange shirt that was taken from residential school survivor, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. When Phyllis was six years old, her grandmother prepared her to be sent for her first day at the Mission school. Even though they had very little money, her grandmother took her and bought her a brand-new outfit. Phyllis picked out a shiny orange shirt. She was so proud and excited. When she got to school, they stripped her and took away her clothes, including her new orange shirt. She never saw it again and no one cared about how upset it made her. The colour orange came to symbolize for her, how she was made to feel that her feelings didn’t matter, and no one cared for her as she was worth nothing. Phyllis’s orange shirt is a symbol of the loss of worth, culture, identity, community, family and even life, which Indigenous children faced because of residential schools.
Indigenous awareness training for all staff
In partnership with the First Nations University of Canada, the Town of Georgina is rolling out Indigenous awareness training to staff titled ‘4 Seasons of Reconciliation.’ This program provides engaging and inspiring videos, award-winning films, slides, quizzes and a national bonus video library created with Indigenous authors. The three-hour online course will provide you with concrete tools for building a more inclusive workplace which actively meets and responds to the TRC Calls to Action.
Survivor stories
Eddy Charlie is a residential school survivor. He shares the importance of Orange Shirt Day and explains the lasting intergenerational trauma caused to indigenous peoples by residential schools.
Learn about truth and reconciliation
Visit the Government of Canada website to learn more about how it’s working to advance reconciliation and renew the relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.
Mental health supports available
Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to the Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.