Earlier this year, the Government of Canada declared September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“The Town of Coaldale formally recognizes Truth and Reconciliation Day,” said Coaldale Mayor Kim Craig. “We recognize the importance of truth and reconciliation and of acknowledging the lasting legacy of residential schools. This day provides all of us with an opportunity to learn and reflect, and to ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.”
Mayor Craig also acknowledged the challenge associated with the timing of the announcement of the holiday and the lack of support from the province.
“For this year we encourage our staff as well as members of the community to devote time to reflect on this very important issue. We look forward to opportunities as a community to engage with survivors and area first nations communities to ensure Coaldale can do its part on the path towards reconciliation in the months ahead.”