National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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This September 30th, community and neighbours are invited to join us in the 3rd annual walk from the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden to the Roncesvalles United Church in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, originally and still colloquially known as Orange Shirt Day, is a day to recognize the painful legacy of the Canadian Indian residential school system and the resulting harmful, lasting effects on the Indigenous community.

Please join us at the gathering ceremony at 4pm at the northern most point of Roncesvalles Avenue at the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden where we will be led by Indigenous community member, founder of Msit No’kmaq and co-founder of Turtle Protectors, Carolynne Crawley.  We will then will walk along Roncesvalles to 240 Roncesvalles Avenue for a performance by Haida Cree New Music Sensation Kristi Lane Sinclair.

All are welcome.

This event is free of charge.

This event is funded by the Roncesvalles Village BIA Social Justice and Anti-Racism Committee, hosted and organized by the Roncesvalles United Church.


If you have been walking along Roncesvalles you may have seen the signs in our garden beds, which have information about this event on one side and display stencils of the moccasins from the  Moccasin Identifier Project on the other.

These stencils were completed by volunteers during an event organized by the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden and hosted at Backlane Studios.  You can read more about that here.


From the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden:
Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden and Back Lane Studios invite you to drop in for a workshop with The Moccasin Identifier. Friday Sept 22 between 3 and 6 pm.

An Indigenous Elder from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation will share teachings and guide us.
PAINT colourful imagery with the stencils of moccasins worn by people of the four Indigenous language groups of Ontario: Anishinaabe, Cree, Huron-Wendat, and Seneca.
TAKE HOME your own colourfully painted image on paper.
HELP MARK signs with a moccasin image, to be placed along Roncy for the 3rd annual Orange Shirt Walk, as we lead up to the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation on September 30th.
PARTICIPATE in this nation-wide project to mark Indigenous presence, for better awareness and understanding of treaty relations, indigenous cultures, and friendliness.
Artist Philip Cote worked with actual moccasins conserved in the Bata Shoe Museum to bring the stenciled images to new life.
Parents, you are invited to bring your schoolchildren after school. Light refreshments will be served.

Would you like to volunteer? Help with preparation, managing painting, set-up and clean-up, delivering the signs to planter boxes along Roncy.