INDIGENOUS-ORIENTED RECOGNITION EVENTS 2022
TRUTH & RECONCILIATION EVENTS – SEPTEMBER 30
To recognize and commemorate this day, the City is supporting events to promote education and awareness to staff and community members leading up to and on, in collaboration with the Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team of the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC), the Barrie Native Friendship Centre (BNFC), Red Quills, and the Barrie Public Library.
Several events including two lunch & learns done in partnership between MacLaren and the Barrie Native Friendship Centre. Links for the lunch and learns can be found at the bottom of the web page. One is Sept 27th with a residential school survivor and the other is October 16th with a 60’s scoop survivor.
Take part in this historic national holiday by participating in local events.
Find an event focused on education, healing, truth and reconciliation in your community and across Simcoe Muskoka
September 30th to October 1st
Georgian College South Georgian Bay Campus Flag Raising
South Georgian Bay Campus Sept 28th; 12 p.m.
Georgian College has organized several events for flag raisings at Georgian’s campuses in the days leading up to Sept. 30. Please check their site for details for all campuses. These events are open to the entire Georgian community.
Town of Collingwood Flag Raising
Collingwood Community Flagpole – Sept 29th; 4 p.m.
Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle
Spirit Catcher, 25 Simcoe St, Barrie – Sept 30th; sunrise to sunset
Sunrise Ceremony to begin at 6:30 a.m.
The Sacred Fire and Sharing Circle hosted by the Barrie Native Friendship Centre will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in honour of all who have been impacted by residential schools. All are welcome to reflect, offer a prayer, share stories, learn, and heal together as a community.
Tay Township Recognition Ceremony
450 Park Street, Victoria Harbour – Sept 30th; 11:45 a.m.
Members of the community are invited to gather outside the Municipal Office at 450 Park St., in Victoria Harbour on September 30, 2022 at 11:45 a.m. to recognize and commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Council and Staff. Please join us as we come together to recognize the impact of the residential school system, learn more about their lasting legacy, and reflect on how we can move forward, together.
The Orange Shirt Story: Library Pop-up
Spirit Catcher, 25 Simcoe St, Barrie – Sept 30th; 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Read and learn together with The Orange Shirt Story Walk, located adjacent to the Spirit Catcher sculpture. Prepare for the walk by customizing your own button to wear and an orange flag to fly high. The featured drum group is Mixed Tribe.
Orange Shirt Day Walk
Orillia Opera House – Sept 30th; walk begins at 4 p.m.
Hosted by the Orillia Native Women’s Group, Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Women’s Circle (BRAWC) and Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin. The walk starts at 4 p.m. at the Orillia Opera House, walking down Mississauga Street to Matchedash St. N. to Tecumseth St., meeting at the Biindigen Pavilion. Join the walk at the Orillia Opera House or the activities at the Biindigen Pavilion.
CSC Chigamik CHC Truth & ReconciliACTION Day
Midland Community Health Hub – 287 Bayshore Dr., Midland – Sept 30th; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Please join the Midland Community Health Hub and community partners for a variety of activities and workshops based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Educational information will be offered along the Rotary Trail as well as an offering to the water. Activities include: Drumming Circle, Sacred Fire & education, Tobacco-tie workshop, and more.
Every Child Matters Walk
Spirit Catcher, 25 Simcoe St, Barrie – Sept 30th; gather at 4:45 p.m. and depart at 5 p.m.
Show your support, wear orange, and walk with the Indigenous community in commemoration of all who have been impacted by residential schools – hosted by Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Care Team. Starting at the Spirit Catcher, we will walk along the waterfront trail to Centennial Beach and back. Families (and anyone interested) can take in the Story Walk of The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad along the way. Bring the kids to the Barrie Public Library booth in advance to make their own orange shirt flag or Every Child Matters button.
This event focuses on the lived experiences of residential school Survivors and the lasting impact on Indigenous communities. Guest speakers will share their thoughts and insights on the meaning of these experiences for them and for us all as we continue together on the journey towards truth and reconciliation.
Multiple activities are scheduled.
Synopsis: In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time. Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America. Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000 Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.
The Royal Conservatory starts the new Koerner Hall concert season by honouring the lives and knowledge of Indigenous people. Dancer, storyteller, and activist Sarain Fox guides an evening that includes Juno Award nominee Nimkii; then Rebecca Cuddy sings a song cycle by composer Ian Cusson and poet Marylin Dumont (all Métis) accompanied by the New Orford String Quartet and Philip Chiu; and Tomson Highway unveils his irreverent and freewheeling “Cree Country” band with singer Patricia Cano. Co-curated with Denise Bolduc.
The two-day event offers a free, family-oriented showcase of Indigenous arts, culture, and heritage as well as key educational opportunities surrounding Indigenous history and ongoing reconciliation efforts. Attendees are invited to spend the entire weekend in Baawaating with exclusive coupons and promotions provided by participating partners.
The Town will be raising a flag for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at the Community Flagpole at 4:00pm, September 29, 2022.
Multiple activities scheduled
Multiple ressources available
To mark the day, flags at City Hall and civic centres will be lowered to half-mast and the Toronto sign will be lit orange on September 30. The Survivors Flag will also be flown at half-mast at City Hall. The Survivors Flag is an expression of remembrance, meant to honour residential school survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada.
IMPORTANT RESOURCES & LINKS
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH EVENTS 2022
The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee are hosting events from June 16 to 24, including a Sunrise Ceremony and Flag Raising on June 21.
Toronto Metropolitan University events
The TMU is organizing in-person and virtual events throughout the month. Stay updated on their website.
York University Events
York University commemorates National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. They have compiled a list of resources, readings and events to learn about, appreciate and acknowledge Indigenous communities in Canada.
University of Toronto Events
2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations Presents
Inaugral 2-Spirit Pow-wow – June 4, 2022 (10:00am-6:00pm)
UTM IC Presents in collaboration with the Indigenous Creation Studio: Mashkiki Gitigan (in-person)
June 8th, 2022 (10:00am – 12:00pm)
The Indigenous Creation Studio happy invites everyone to Mashkiki Gitigan (Strength of the Earth Garden) opening and planting event. Click to register.
Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow-wow
June 28, 2022 (12:00pm)
UTM IC Presents with Everbead: Medicine Bag Making (virtual)
June 23, 2022 (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
Barrie Native Friendship Centre
Stay in touch to learn more about events throughout the month of June.
TRC Film Night (Spirit to Soar)
June 25th at 7pm
More info at https://www.facebook.com/Red-Quills-114288526651328/
Multiple in-person and virtual events throughout the month.
More info at https://mamaway.ca/events/month/2022-06/
Georgian Bay Friendship Centre
Stay tuned for events on their page.
More info at https://www.gbnfc.com/
Rama First Nation Community and Family Services
6147 Rama Road, Rama, L3V 6H6
Tel: (705) 325-3611
Fax : (705) 329-3067
Emergency and Afterhours contact: (705)238-2732
Beausoleil First Nation Child & Family Services
43 Zhingwauk Miikan Christian Island ON.L9M-0A9
Moose Deer Point Government Office
P.O. Box 119, MacTier, Ontario, P0C 1H0
Wahta Mohawks Government Office
2664 Muskoka Rd #38, P.O. Box 260 Bala, Ontario, P0C 1A0
Indigenous Led Organizations
Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle
Barrie Native Friendship Centre 175 Bayfield Street Barrie ON
Biinoojinsauk Child Care Centre Barrie (Closed til 2019)
705-734-1818 ext. 233
Biinoojinsauk Child Care Centre 562 King Street, Midland
Biminaawzogin Regional Aboriginal Wom- en’s Circle
164 Nottawasaga Street, Orillia
705 326 3900
Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre
4164 Vasey Rd, Victoria Har- bour
Enaahtig Outreach Aboriginal Child & Men- tal Health & Addictions programs
334 West Street North, Orillia
169 Front Street, Ste 213 Orillia ON
Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre
175 Yonge Street, Midland
Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association
562 King Street, Midland
Huronia Family Housing
212 King Street, Midland
Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle
64 Cedar Pointe Dr, Unit 1405 Barrie ON
Metis Nation of Ontario
355 Cranston Crescent, Mid- land
Ogemawahj Tribal Council
5984 Rama Road, Ramara
Orillia Native Women’s Group
110 Matchedash Street N, Oril- lia
64 Cedar Pointe Dr, Unit 1403 Barrie ON
Non- Indigenous Led Agencies with Indigenous service/staff
Canadian Mental Health Association John Rice
134 Anne Street S Barrie ON
705-726-5033 ext 240
Catulpa Community Services FNMI Facilita- tor
165 Ferris Lane Barrie ON
(705)733-3227 ext. 2335
Chigamik Community Health Centre
344 King Street, Midland ON
Community Living Huronia Preschool Re- source Services
230 Aberdeen Blvd, Midland
Georgian College – Indigenous Services (Resource Centre)
1 Georgian Dr, Barrie, ON
Simcoe Community Services – Indigenous Coordinator
39 Fraser Ct, Barrie ON