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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30)

The City of Barrie is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools are never forgotten. On this page, learn about community events taking place in Barrie to recognize this day.

In 2020, the Canadian Government introduced legislation to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30 provides an opportunity for every Canadian to recognize the impact of the residential school system, learn more about their lasting legacy, and reflect on how we can move forward, together. To recognize and commemorate this day, the City is supporting events to promote education and awareness to staff and community members leading up to and on, in collaboration with the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC), and the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team.

Barrie is also supporting City staff and providing them with resources and opportunities for learning. This includes the opportunity for staff to wear orange on September 30, a virtual education session presented by Red Quills, cultural competency training to enhance cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples, and other educational resources. 

City-supported Community Events

Flag Raising
​Date: September 27, 1pm
Location: City Hall (70 Collier St.)

There was a flag raising to kick-off the week of National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Representatives from the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Barrie Area Native Advisory Council​, Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin and the City of Barrie were in attendance.

​Sacred Fire
Date: September 30, 6 am* - approximately 4 pm
Location: The Spirit Catcher, 24 Maple Ave
*The Sunrise Ceremony & Lighting of the Sacred Fire will commence at 6 am

The Sacred Fire will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and in honour of all who have been impacted by residential schools. All are welcome to reflect, offer a prayer, learn, and heal together as a community. The Barrie Public Library will have a Story Walk for families to participate in featuring The Orange Shirt Story by ​​Phyllis Webstad.

COVID-19 safety measures will be in effect: wear a mask, maintain a distance of at least two metres from others, and follow all other provincial COVID-19 guidelines.

 For more learning opportunities, visit the resources available on the City's National Indigenous Peoples Day webpage.

Related Documents


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events Planned in Partnership with


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