District of Kent officials pose in their orange shirts in recognition of Orange Shirt Day in this 2020 photo. (Contributed Photo/District of Kent)

District of Kent officials pose in their orange shirts in recognition of Orange Shirt Day in this 2020 photo. (Contributed Photo/District of Kent)

Local leaders reflect on National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Agassiz, Harrison bathed in orange light in remembrance

The District of Kent and Harrison Hot Springs lit up orange in recognition of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Kent’s Municipal Hall was lit from Sept. 27 to 30 to acknowledge the loss of life and identity and to honour the survivors of the residential school system.

In a release from the district, officials reiterated their commitment to the spirit of Lets’emot, or one mind, one heart, and to continue long-term relationships and building closer partnerships with local Indigenous communities.

“It’s everyday people doing everyday acts of kindness who move our communities forward,” said District Mayor Sylvia Pranger. “We can all do our part to learn our history of residential schools by listening to the truths being told by survivors. Truly listening and learning is how we will strengthen our relationships with Indigenous peoples. These everyday acts may seem small, but when you put them together, they can make a large impact.”

Harrison Hot Springs also lit up Civic Plaza in orange light for Sept. 30.

“Our community is fortunate and thankful for the continuing collective relationships with Sts’ailes and members of our Lets’emot Community to Community Forum,” said Coun. Michie Vidal in a brief statement online. “I hope you will take some time to pause and reflect on the history, harm and legacy of residential schools and honour all Indigenous communities.”


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