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Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation across region



The Town of Georgina is hosting a ceremonial flag raising in partnership with the Chippewas of Georgina Island in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. The event will include a flag raising and smudging ceremony, as well as a drummer.

Georgina Civic Centre, Friday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.

East Gwillimbury

Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with a flag raising at the Civic Centre and we hope you’ll join us.

September 30, 9:00 a.m., 19000 Leslie Street Sharon

King Township

The Township of King is partnering with the Indigenous Action Committee for York Region to present the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation event at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre on Friday, Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m.

All are welcomed to attend this free event, which will be a meaningful evening of Indigenous speakers, traditional drumming and singing, dancing, food, crafts and more. Orange shirts will be available to purchase, with all proceeds going to the Orange Shirt Society and the Indian Residential School Survivor Society. As parking is limited on site, a shuttle will be provided from the King Township Municipal Centre. Visit


The Town of Aurora is proud to be taking steps like to renew and strengthen its relationship with Indigenous communities and residents.

Friday, September 30, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Aurora Town Park (49 Wells Street)

The Town will honour the National Day Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 in Town Park. This is a time to remember the children who did not come home, those who have lived as survivors and their families. There will be a community activity starting at 5:30 p.m. with attendees being able to make an orange handprint onto picnic tables which will be placed at various parks. Then join us for an evening of learning, meaningful reflection and a sacred fire at 6 p.m. Ceremony and gathering led by Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley, Elder Pat Floody, Ancestral Knowledge Keeper Raiden Levesque and Shining Waters Drum.

The Aurora Cultural Centre will be hosting a ceremonial gathering in Town Park starting at 3 p.m. More details regarding this gathering can be found at


Friday, September 30, 3 PM –  5 PM, Fairy Lake Park (Amphitheatre), 520 Water Street
The Town of Newmarket is inviting the community to join, commemorate, honour, and reflect as we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Kim Wheatley – Shawanaga First Nation Reserve Anishinaabe Ojibway grandmother who carries the Spirit name Head or Leader of the Fireflower and is Turtle clan – will be present to offer words, perform hand drumming and prayers. We welcome attendees to wear an orange shirt to honour the children who survived Residential Schools and remember those who did not. Parking is available on site at Fairy Lake or you can choose to park anywhere along the Nokiida Trail, or at the Town Office at 395 Mulock Drive.

Richmond Hill

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

September 30: Orange Shirt Day

Friday, September 30, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts

Wondering how to mark National Day for Truth & Reconciliation?  Why not attend the event presented by the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Art entitled “The Story of Nikis”.

Brenda Wastasecoot exposes the impacts of the Residential School policy by telling the stories from a memory map of her childhood home in the 1960’s.

  • 7pm – Film Presentation
  • 7:30pm – Presentation by Brenda Wastasecoot
  • 8pm – Question and Answer period

Brenda Wastasecoot is Cree from Churchill, Manitoba. She is a mother, grandmother, and great-great Aunt of the Wastasecoot and Brightnose family. Their roots begin from the York Factory fur trading post, flowing south along the Hudson Bay railway to Winnipeg. Currently, Dr. Wastasecoot teaches at the University of Toronto, where she resides in Toronto. 


The McMichael Canadian Art Collection invites you to a ceremony marking the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Led by Elder Shelley Charles of the Muskellunge Fish clan from the Chippewas of Georgina Island

Minokamik Garden, located on the McMichael’s grounds.

The ceremony will take place rain or shine.

10 AM

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

10365 Islington Ave


City of Markham staff, in addition to Mayor and Members of Council, will take time on September 30 to reflect on how we can collectively play a significant role in the reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Educational programming is also being scheduled for staff to participate in on this day. Community members are encouraged to wear orange on September 30 in recognition of the harm residential schools had on the generations of Indigenous children’s sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of our continued commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

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