Whereas, in June of 2021, the federal government passed legislation making September 30th a national statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada; and
Whereas, the establishment of a national holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action; and
Whereas, the date coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which began in 2013 and has become a symbol of remembrance to honour Indigenous children forced to leave their families to attend residential schools; and
Whereas, the orange shirt symbol originated from the experience of Phyllis Jack Webstad, who shared her story of how as a child of six years old, her new orange shirt was taken away from her on her first day at the St. Joseph Mission Residential School, leaving her with feelings of worthlessness and insignificance; and
Whereas, this day provides a way for our community to reflect on the history and legacy of residential schools and to honour the resilience of residential school survivors; and
Whereas, Carleton Place is a community that encourages and celebrates its cultural diversity;
Now therefore, I, Mayor Toby Randell, on behalf of Council, do hereby proclaim September 30th, 2023, as National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in the Town of Carleton Place.