(Barrie, ON) In collaboration with and generously supported by the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team from the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle, the City of Barrie today celebrates the heritage, diverse cultures, and significant contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples for National Indigenous Peoples Day.
In a virtual ceremony posted today on the City's social media channels, Mayor Jeff Lehman gathered with Elder Jeff Monague and Chris Walser, Traditional Healing Coordinator from the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team, to acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples Day.
“My message to the Indigenous community in Barrie is that we will not forget the lives taken by the residential school system. To the non-Indigenous Barrie community: I urge you to commit to learning; and understanding the work we need to do together to move forward in a spirit of reconciliation," said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “If you have not already, read the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- read the stories of the survivors, which helps us understand the legacy of colonialism in this country."
In addition to the ceremony, there are other cultural sharing opportunities taking place virtually throughout the day, including an honour song by Theland Kicknosway and fiddling by Brenda Smart. Residents can watch all the opportunities virtually via the City's social media channels.
The City has also gathered resources for learning, from community partners, which residents can access viabarrie.ca/events.
The City acknowledges the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The City also acknowledges the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century. The City is dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.
Senior Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529