Earlier this year, in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, the Federal Government approved legislation to declare September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

To honor the importance of this day and those children who didn’t come home from Residential Schools, the Township of South Stormont will officially observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  A flag bearing the phrase “Every Child Matters” will be raised at the Township Office throughout the month of September in recognition of survivors and those lost to the Residential school system.

“The discovery of unmarked graves at former Residential Schools only highlights the need for us, as Canadians, to acknowledge these atrocities and reflect on the need to commemorate the legacy of our First Nation communities,” says Mayor Bryan McGillis. “We are encouraging staff to take this opportunity to learn about and reflect on this regrettable time in our Nation’s history.”

On Thursday, September 30, Township Offices will be closed, however waste collection and facility rentals will continue as scheduled.

As September 30th is the due date for the final tax bill, taxes may be paid by October 1, 2021, without penalty.

The community is encouraged to participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by attending local events where possible, participating in virtual events such as Truth and Reconciliation Week (www.nctr.ca/education/trw), or simply taking time to reflect and become more educated about the historical treatment of our First Nation population.