Alderville First Nation Chief Dave Mowat is scheduled to address Northumberland County Council at Council’s September 23, 2020 meeting. Chief Mowat will be speaking on the history of Residential Schools in Canada, and the importance of Orange Shirt Day.
September 30th is recognized nationally as Orange Shirt Day, and Canadians are encouraged to wear orange in order to promote awareness about the Residential School System. Orange Shirt Day is a day set aside to honour the legacy of Residential School Survivors, their families and communities, as well as an opportunity to commemorate those who died in the Residential School system.
“Northumberland County Council and staff will show their support for Residential School Survivors by participating in Orange Shirt Day”, states Warden Bob Sanderson. “Council is honoured to welcome Chief Mowat to our upcoming meeting to share teachings about the devastating impacts of the Residential School system. This is one important way for Council, staff and the Northumberland community to increase our awareness and understanding of this colonial legacy, and to ensure public commemoration of the local, provincial and national history of residential schools, which is a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
“I am equally honoured to be able to impart some of the history of the Residential Schools to the Northumberland County Council,” says Chief Dave Mowat. “On behalf of Alderville First Nation, I greatly appreciate County Council’s commitment to learning and understanding about this important and sensitive part of Canada’s Indigenous history.”
Due to COVID-19, meetings of County Council currently take place virtually, and are live-streamed on the County YouTube channel. Members of the public are invited to tune into the upcoming meeting to hear Chief Mowat’s presentation by visiting https:// www.youtube.com/user/CountyNorthumberland.