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Free family events to mark Truth and Reconciliation Day Saturday

September 30 is a day for Canadians to consider the nation’s relationship with Indigenous people, and it’s also a day for family.

In Campbell River, the Laichwiltach Family Life Society is holding the eighth annual Every Child Matters Walk. It begins in Spirit Square Saturday at 11 a.m., a ceremony and light lunch will follow.

Afterwards Strathcona Gardens will be open in the afternoon for a free public swim from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. The ice sheet will also be open at the same time for a free skate and pond hockey.

The Museum at Campbell River will also be open, and admission will be free. The Museum says it’s a chance to see some of the pieces representing the region’s First Nations history.

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Government-run facilities will otherwise be closed out of respect on Saturday and on Monday.

People who want to show their support can attend the march, wear orange, or spend some time learning about what truth and reconciliation means.

Other ways to participate

Watch the virtual Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 Public Lunch and Learns presented by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The sessions happened this week and can be viewed on YouTube by following this link. 

Visit the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Indigenous Interest page to access a range of curated resources and materials.

Learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at the national website.

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