How to participate in the second Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Events will be held on Parliament Hill, Beechwood Cemetary and the LeBreton Flats, while a protest walk will be held on Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

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Here are some of the events planned for Orange Shirt Day, the second annual Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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Walk the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

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Albert Dumont, Algonquin’s spiritual advisor, artist and human rights activist, will lead a walk along the John A. Macdonald Parkway from the War Museum to Parkdale Avenue and back.

The event starts at 8:30 am and the walk starts at 9:00 am. In addition to the walk, there will be speeches, music, and educational activities. The event is expected to end around 11:30 a.m. All ages are welcome.

Organizers say they hope to make the walk and protest the Parkway’s name, an annual event until Macdonald’s name is removed from the Parkway.

Remember Me: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony

Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance hosted by the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada begins at 8:30am on Parliament Hill with a welcome ceremony and round dance with Akwesasnes Native North American Traveling College. An opening ceremony will follow at 10am and events will continue throughout the morning.

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The “Remember Me” Spirit Walk begins Friday at 11:30 a.m. on the hill and is led by children and residential home survivors. Participants walk to the stage at LeBreton Flats Park where Indigenous children’s shoes will be displayed.

APTN and the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation will host a memorial service at the LeBreton Flats from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m

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Beech wood cemetery

The short film will be screened in the Sacred Space of the Beechwood National Memorial Center Spirit Bear and children make history.

People will then be invited to take a 45-minute “Reconciliation Tour” to learn about historical figures involved in boarding schools and learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s “94 Calls to Action.”

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Gathering of Mamawi Together survivors

Mamawi Together Survivors Gathering is a multifaceted series of events aimed at bringing communities together during Truth and Reconciliation Week.

Hear the testimonies of survivors from Ottawa, Quebec, and northern Canada, participate in cultural and traditional celebrations, and honor those impacted by the boarding school system.

Visit their website for more information.

Meanwhile the The OTTAWA sign at ByWard Market, the Heritage Building at Ottawa City Hall and Marion Dewar Plaza will be illuminated in orange on Friday, and all flags at Ottawa City Hall and municipal facilities will be lowered to half-staff in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation .

The Peace Tower on Parliament Hill will also be illuminated in orange from 7pm on Friday until sunrise on October 1st.

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