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Rise Up BWG hosting ceremony for first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The ceremony will focus on those who lost their lives and their culture at Canada's Residential Schools
Rise UP BWG_Group Members
(Left-Right) Rise Up BWG Members: Nadia Sinclair, Julia Kumer, Cheraldean Duhaney, Michelle Melo, and Jennifer Lloyd - representing at the Anti-Racism Flag Raising in Bradford.

On September 30, 2021, the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, more commonly known as Orange Shirt Day, our community is invited to come together and honour the Indigenous children whose lives and culture were lost at Canada’s Residential Schools. Join us for a night of storytelling, knowledge sharing, and education on the grounds of the BWG Public Library from 6:30 P.M. until 8 P.M.

Jennifer of Bella Lovelee Beads and Ashley of Eartha Creations, alongside the women of Rise Up BWG, are the hosts of this honouring ceremony. The event will feature opening prayers and blessings from a local medicine woman, traditional drummers and dancers, and stories told by elders. There will also be colouring pages available for children, and hand prints for them to leave touching messages for the children who were not granted their childhood.

Organizers will have orange ribbons and beaded pins available in exchange for donations. All proceeds will be donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and the Orange Shirt Society. Attendees are asked to respect COVID safety protocols by wearing masks and following physical distancing guidelines.

For more information, please contact Ashley at or 905-252-7692.

“We mourn the past and heal our future through storytelling and passing on knowledge.”