The WindsorEssex Community Foundation sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, which includes the Ojibwa, Odawa, and the Potawatomi. We respect the longstanding relationships with First Nations people in this place in the 100-mile Windsor-Essex Peninsula and the straits – Les Détroits – of Detroit.
September 30, 2022 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This day was created to allow people to recognize and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities, and to honour those who have been affected by this injustice. Please take a moment from your day to pause and honour those whose lives have been impacted by the devastation within residential schools.
Local National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Events
The City of Windsor, in partnership with Theresa Sims, traditional Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and Elder, and inaugural Indigenous Storyteller for the City, will present a special community gathering at the Ojibway Prairie Complex on Friday, September 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The City of Windsor will also hold a raising of the Every Child Matters flag at noon on September 27, 2022, and City Hall will be illuminated orange from September 29, 2022 to October 2, 2022. https://www.citywindsor.ca/Newsroom/Pages/City-of-Windsor-to-Mark-National-Day-for-Truth-and-Reconciliation.aspx
Museum Windsor – Chimczuk Museum will be open and offering free admission on September 30. The Chimczuk Museum, located at 401 Riverside Drive West, includes the Original Peoples Culture and Legacy Gallery. At the north end of the main floor concourse, this space reflects the culture, heritage and contemporary issues of the local First Nations and Métis communities. It also provides an open and flexible gathering space for programming. This exhibit was developed in consultation with Walpole Island Heritage Centre, Caldwell First Nation, Turtle Island-Aboriginal Education Centre at the University of Windsor, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre and other local community organizations. Features of the exhibition include Creation Stories, Treaties, Residential Schools and 60s Scoop, Language Revitalization, Missing and Murdered Women, Medicine Wheel Teachings, and Cultural Expressions. Chimczuk Museum (citywindsor.ca)
All branches of the Windsor Public Library will be closed on September 30, however displays of Indigenous content and resources will be featured at all branches and online at the Digital Branch throughout the week. Staff have prepared a video on Truth and Reconciliation and are offering several opportunities for community engagement. https://www.windsorpubliclibrary.com/?p=70784
Downloadable Ojibway Centre Colouring Book: https://scholar.uwindsor.ca/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=hhl_pubs
The Town of Tecumseh will hold an Orange Shirt Day Walk at Lakewood Park, in support of the Caldwell First Nation, on September 30, 2022 from 10AM-11AM https://calendar.tecumseh.ca/default/Detail/2022-09-30-1000-Orange-Shirt-Day-Walk
The Town of Kingsville is marking the second annual Day for Truth & Reconciliation with a series of banners featuring the work on Indigenous artist Danny Dumont. The banners are on display on street poles throughout the community during the month of September.
Town of Amherstburg
The Town of Amherstburg will host events on Friday, September 30 and Saturday October 1 as part of Truth and Reconciliation weekend. Events include demonstrations of dancing, drumming and storytelling, as well as opportunities to learn and listen to Elders and motivational speakers from the community, and shop at the Indigenous vendors selling unique arts, crafts and gifts.
The Caldwell First Nation is “Taking Steps to Honour and Remember”, with a walk to Point Pelee on September 30, 2022 departing from the Caldwell Community Hall at 10:30 AM. All are welcome to join the walk, as well as the sacred fire being held from 1PM – 5PM at Point Pelee’s Northwest Beach https://www.facebook.com/PointPeleeNP/photos/a.654719097890281/4942147375814077