The Town of Aurora on Tuesday unveiled an Every Child Matters rink board at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex. This is one of five arena rinks that will display the special rink boards as a symbol of the Town’s commitment to a meaningful reconciliation with Indigenous communities.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada created 94 Calls to Action to address the legacy of residentials schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. In support of these calls to action, the Town acknowledges that the impacts of residential schools were far-reaching, profound and detrimental. In an effort to honour and remember survivors, their families and the children who never made it home, the Town has created a space to provide a visual reminder that Every Child does Matter.

“We all have a role to play in reconciliation. And to our knowledge, rink board space has not been used this way before by any other municipality. I am hopeful that although Aurora may be the first, it will inspire other communities to follow,” said Aurora Mayor Tom Mrakas. “So many of our community members enjoy participating in sports in our arenas, whether it be a leisure skate, a figure skating lesson or hockey. Our arenas are a safe place for children and a great place where we can send the powerful message that Every Child Matters.”

This initiative is one way the Town of Aurora is taking meaningful steps towards Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage members of the community to become familiar with the 94 Calls to Action. The community has an integral role to play in making change and helping reach a lasting reconciliation.

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Mayor, council, staff and Kim Wheatley, Anishinaabe Ojibway Grandmother in front of Every Child Matters Rink Board