On September 30, 2021 Town Hall will be closed in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Government of Canada announced in June that September 30, 2021 will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the lost children and survivors of Residential Schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of Residential Schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
“Observing Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30 is an opportunity for us all to educate ourselves about the past and reflect upon the work that we need to do to move forward in reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Given the recent discovery of unmarked burial sites at former Residential school sites, this year's observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is especially significant. The Town of Creston remains wholeheartedly committed to building a better future together with the Yaqan Nukiy people,” said Mayor Ron Toyota.
The Town recognizes the journey to reconciliation is a long one, and observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important step in the process. “Recent, tragic events have brought forth so many negative and painful emotions for so many. We recognize that more than ever, meaningful and purposeful reconciliation is necessary, and we fully support all activities and conversations advancing this shared goal for our entire community,” said Toyota.
The Lower Kootenay Band will be having a closed memorial ceremony on September 30, 2021 The ceremony will be broadcasted live on the Lower Kootenay Band’s Facebook page and will also be available to view on Zoom. Those interested in participating may request the Zoom meeting link by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Flowers to be laid on the Cenotaph during the ceremony may be purchased from Morris Flowers, from either the Garden Centre or downtown flower shop location for $5.00. Donations will be recognized by filling out a card to be displayed at either Morris Flowers’ locations.
There were 140 federally run Indian Residential Schools which operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998.