Join us as we come together for reflection and meaningful discussions about the impacts of residential schools and indigenous reconciliation as we recognize the first annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

An evening of learning, reflection and sacred fire. The Ceremony and presentation will be lead by Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley, Ancestral Knowledge Keeper Raiden Levesque and Elder Pat Floody who have themed this gathering on “Why This Day Exists” and to support the healing process for the Residential School Survivors and their families. This will be an intimate experience in facing the truths and harsh realities of what these children and their families endured and the opportunity to listen to Elder Pat Floody share his personal experience of being a residential school survivor.  The sacred fire kept by Elder Pat Floody.

WHEN: Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Aurora Town Park, 49 Wells Street

ADMISSION: Free to attend, all are welcome

  • For your seating comfort be sure to bring your lawnchair.
  • COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, requiring compliance. Parking is limited, so please carpool when possible. 
  • Pre-registration is not required and all are welcome to attend, but contact tracing will be collected.  Masks need to worn in the park for this ceremony.

Ceremony Leaders

Traditional Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley 

Traditional Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley is  a multi award winning public speaker with over three decades of public service locally, nationally and internationally.

Her band membership is with Shawanaga First Nations, she is Turtle Clan and carries the Spirit Name "Head or Leader of the Fireflower." She has utilized ancestral knowledge, drumming, singing, storytelling and public speaking to provide culturally relevant immersive experiences into Indigenous Ways of Knowing. 

As a published author, event organizer and public speaker Kim has appeared on television, radio, books newspapers and magazines. Kim continues to support the road to reconciliation.

Ancestral Knowledge Keeper Raiden Levesque

Raiden Levesque was born in Mississauga, and is a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario.  Raiden is an Oshkabewis, Traditional knowledge keeper, and volunteers as a fire keeper at a Sundance in the Black hills, Dakota.

His heritage is a mixture of Cree, Dakota, French and Irish ancestry.  He carries the Spirit name White Bear Standing and is Thunderbird clan.  

Resources to Assist in Learning

To assist you in learning more please visit any of these sites:

From 4 to 6 p.m. at Aurora Town Park, The Aurora Cultural Centre in Partnership with the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation will be presenting Honouring the Children: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Jared Big Canoe of Georgina Island will lead the recognition and acknowledgement of this historic day through traditional ceremony, reflections, song and dance. Create a healing card during the event that will be sent to our neighbours on Georgina Island.

About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to educate Canadians about the history of residential schools and to honour the survivors, their families and communities. September 30 is also being celebrated as Orange Shirt Day, which started to commemorate the experience of Phyllis Webstad who at six years old was stripped of her new orange shirt on her first day of attending the St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake, BC.

Canadian Residential School History:

A brief history of Canada and the Residential School System imposed on the Indigenous people of Canada.  Timeline from early European contact through to the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010. 

More information

For more information please email or call the Special Events line at 905-726-4762