Media Release. Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Message from Chief Fletcher on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(Bradford/Innisfil, ON) September 30, 2021 is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal statutory holiday to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

The South Simcoe Police Service is recognizing this historic day as an opportunity for valuable reflection or participation in local events.

As part of the service’s commitment to the Indigenous Community, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee continues to work diligently and passionately behind the scenes in order to effect meaningful change through education, training and outreach.

This year has been tremendously heart-wrenching with the recovery, to date, of the remains of 6,509 Indigenous children from the sites of former residential schools across Canada.

Today is not only the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, it is also Orange Shirt Day, which is a legacy of the St. Joseph Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events that took place in Williams Lake, British Columbia in May 2013. The day was established to honour the children who survived residential schools and to remember those who did not.

The slogan for Orange Shirt Day is “Every Child Matters,” words that hit our hearts so deeply this year.

I am encouraging our members to pause on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Wear orange as a show of support. Listen and learn about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis People. Reflect on their painful history and join with our communities to make a difference.

We are committed to change and supporting our Indigenous Community members.