SASKATOON — The City of Saskatoon is supporting the #ActOnReconciliation campaign initiated by the Saskatoon Tribal Council by having a specific reconciliation action for every month.
The STC launched the #ActOnReconciliation campaign to continue the momentum started by the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in September last year.
The city, to further spread awareness, will apply an orange filter to their social media accounts and light the following civic facilities in orange: City Hall and the Prairie Wind art installation outside the Remai Modern.
The #ActOnReconciliation campaign intends to also highlight reconciliation and healing to be in everyone’s minds all year long. It also calls for action and awareness every last Friday of each month in 2022.
#ActOnReconciliation — March Action
On Friday, March 25, demonstrate your commitment to Reconciliation by wearing your EveryChildMatters shirt or any other orange shirt, registering to join the one-hour informal conversation Let’s Talk Reconciliation on March 30 (11 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and using the hashtag #ActOnReconciliation while sharing the action you’re taking on social media.
Let’s Talk Reconciliation is a one-hour informal conversation about Truth and Reconciliation and how to move forward. You can bring your questions, experiences, and challenges or just sit and listen. The conversation is facilitated by Indigenous educator Annie Battiste and joined by local Knowledge Keepers. The conversation is open to all, free of charge, and conducted via Zoom. Alternately, choose another reconciliation action.
To establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission found that “there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgment of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement for the causes and action to change behaviour.”
The city has been actively engaged — as a municipality, co-chair of Reconciliation Saskatoon, and through other community partnerships — in efforts to help raise awareness about reconciliation and in providing opportunities to participate.
Learn more at saskatoon.ca/indigenous.