The City of Williams Lake will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in support of residential school survivors, their families, and communities tomorrow.
The City is encouraging everyone to share their stories, to listen, and to engage in events and activities to commemorate the day.
The City says they would like to recognize the unwavering efforts of Phyllis Webstad and the Orange Shirt Society in advocating for the newly-formed national statutory holiday to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Action number 80, which calls upon the federal government to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour residential school survivors and ensure public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Mayor Walt Cobb said earlier in the month there was a ceremony planned for the Stampede grounds but was ultimately cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In Quesnel, the City will be recognizing National Truth and Reconciliation Day by turning the lights on the footbridge orange.
In addition, the Orange Shirt Society will be airing a special full-length video on their YouTube channel.