The City of Barrie is committed to reconciliation and ensuring the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools are never forgotten.
The City of Barrie will recognize and commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by supporting events to promote education and awareness to community members leading up to and on September 30, in collaboration with the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC), Red Quills, and the Barrie Public Library.
A flag raising to kick-off the week marking the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation took place on Tuesday, September 27.
Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle at the Spirit Catcher
September 30, Sunrise to Sunset | 25 Simcoe Street
Sunrise and Pipe Ceremony will start at approx. 6:30am
The Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle hosted by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in honour of all who have been impacted by residential schools. This event is open to everyone as a time to reflect, offer a prayer, share stories, learn, and heal together as a community as we continue to build relationships grounded in respect and reciprocity. The Fire Keeper is Mshukwad Akiwenzie and BNFC will have traditional medicines available.
The day will be welcomed with a Sunrise Ceremony and Pipe Ceremony led by Elder Jeff Monague. Throughout the day, various guests will join the circle to share their thoughts and experiences in relation to truth and reconciliation, the effects of intergenerational trauma, the resiliency and beauty of Indigenous people, and the path forward in healing together for a brighter future.
Holistic Village and Activities at the Spirit Catcher
September 30, 3–6pm | 25 Simcoe Street
The community is invited to come out to learn more about the Indigenous organizations in our area hosted by Red Quills. Kids activities provided by the Barrie Public Library, including a Story Walk of The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad, orange shirt flag craft station, and Every Child Matters button making.
The holistic village host drum is Mixed Tribe led by Harley Wesley of Saugeen First Nation. Harley is of Ojibwe descent, and has been drumming for twenty nine years. Mixed Tribe was formed in 2015 with singers of Ojibway and Cree descent. The group's singers hold twenty plus years experience, and live across Turtle Island sharing sacred songs of the big drum.
Every Child Matters Walk
September 30 | gather at 4:45pm, depart at 5pm
Departing from the Spirit Catcher, 25 Simcoe Street
Show your support, wear orange, and walk with the Indigenous community in commemoration of all who have been impacted by residential schools - hosted by Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team. Starting at the Spirit Catcher, we will walk along the waterfront trail to Centennial Park and back along a path suitable for all ages. Families (and anyone interested) can take in the Story Walk of The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad along the way. Bring the kids to the Barrie Public Library booth in advance to make their own orange shirt flag or Every Child Matters button.
Other Learning Opportunities
The Barrie Native Friendship Centre and MacLaren Art Centre are hosting a series of educational workshops themed around truth and reconciliation during Culture Days 2022. Pre-registration required. For more information and to register, visit the MacLaren Art Centre website
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 its lasting legacy, and reflect on how we can move forward, together.
To recognize and commemorate this day, the City supports events that 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.
Resources and opportunities for learning provided to City staff include the opportunity for staff to wear orange on September 30, workshops and cultural competency training to enhance cultural awareness of Indigenous peoples, and other educational resources.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events are planned in partnership with: