September 14, 2021
MOOSE JAW – The City of Moose Jaw will recognize September 30 as the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation.
The federal government has declared September 30 as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, and at the regular meeting of City Council Monday, September 13, City Council unanimously approved a resolution that will see the City support activities of the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association (WACA) to recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Moose Jaw.
“We are pleased to provide the Wakamow Aboriginal Community Association with a location for their ceremonies on September 30, and look forward to further engagement with WACA,” stated City Manager Jim Puffalt. “Our City’s Strategic Plan identifies the need to meet with Elders and local First Nations to build a stronger relationship.”
Puffalt added “we encourage Moose Jaw residents to recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day to honour survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
Council approved September 30 as a statutory holiday for City of Moose Jaw staff and encouraged staff to recognize the significance of the day and to participate in local Truth and Reconciliation events.