We respectfully acknowledge that the Town of Sackville, and the experiences within it, take place on the unceded traditional lands of the Mi’kmaq Peoples.
For the first time, a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation will be officially recognized on Thursday, September 30. This is a designated day to recognize and commemorate the legacy of Residential Schools and increase awareness around this terrible piece of Canada’s history, as we continue the path towards reconciliation.
The Town of Sackville will recognize the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation as statutory paid holiday and will provide an opportunity for employees to observe and participate in this important day. Flags at Town facilities will also be lowered to half-mast for the day.
Additionally, in partnership with the Mount Allison Department of Indigenous Affairs, the Town will be offering a free showing of the film “We Were Children” at the Vogue Cinema on September 26, 2021, beginning at 6:00pm. Support personnel will be on hand as the film consists of troubling imagery. This film is not recommended for children.
We encourage everyone to take the opportunity on September 30, 2021, to reflect in an authentic way, whether it be a time of quiet reflection or participation in a community event. We would also encourage residents to wear orange on September 30, 2021, as a sign of respect and reflection on the legacy and impacts of the residential school system.