The Athabasca Tribal Council is partnering with other Indigenous governments and communities, along with the RMWB, The Centre of Hope, The Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre, The RRC, RCMP, and the Wood Buffalo Wellness Society to host a Community Gathering and Walk for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Taking place on September 30, the day will start around 9:30 a.m. with a prayer and address in front of the Municipal Jubilee building before commencing to MacDonald Island where there will be refreshments.
Mayor Sandy Bowman is encouraging everyone in the region to take some time and reflect on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“It’s important we recognize and acknowledge this on September 30, while remaining committed to listening, learning, and taking positive action towards reconciliation each and every day in the months and years ahead.”
Chief Allan Adam, President of the Athabasca Tribal Council, says that when communities and organizations come together to support and honour survivors, it makes everyone stronger.
“The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation makes space for people to learn and reflect upon the burden of truth. The burden is no longer held solely by the child survivors. In understanding the truth, we move together as a community toward reconciliation and healing for all.”
Karla Buffalo, CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council, says that the community gathering and walk will provide an opportunity for the public to show their support for survivors.
“We understand that many people seek guidance in learning the truth of Indigenous experiences and this is why ATC created the Orange Path website,” said Buffalo.
“The website is a curated listing of resources for every Canadian to learn more with options for reading, listening or watching. We hope everyone will take time to reflect on the past and learn more about what has been hidden from the history books.”