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Moments of Storytelling to Strengthen Reconciliation


History & heritage Indigenous Kids Storytelling Truth and Reconciliation
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Dalton Associates

240a St. David Street North

Fergus, ON



Offered in English.

Has gender-neutral washrooms.


Join Dalton Associates as we host a gathering to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day – a day of remembrance, reflection, action and learning about the tragic history and long-standing effects of residential schools. This day originated from the story of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor. In 1973, when she was six years old, Phyllis was sent to the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in British Columbia. On her first day, her new orange shirt, which she had been excited to wear, was taken away from her. The shirt symbolized the loss of her identity, culture, and language during her time at the school. In 2013, Phyllis shared her story, and it inspired the creation of Orange Shirt Day as an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of residential schools on Indigenous communities and to promote reconciliation.

This event will feature an intimate presentation by Leo Atlookan from Eabametoong First Nation, offering personal reflections on the impact of Canada’s residential schools on family, community, and Nation. The presentation will take place at three different times: 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm Eastern Time (ET). You are also welcome to explore the Dalton Associates Legacy Space, a safe space for people to strengthen their awareness about the true history of Canada, created in partnership with the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund.



Dalton Associates

Dalton Associates provides specialized and quality-assured, mental health and wellness services that are culturally sensitive, safe, accessible, and timely, within communities throughout Ontario.

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