The Dibaajimowin Cultural Centre hosted an event to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day in Memorial Park in Port Hope on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
This year’s there was a focus on honouring the life and legacy of Stephen Pashagumskum a residential school survivor.
The focus was to share and learn about Indigenous peoples, to support Residential School Survivors and honour those children who did not make it home.
Port Hope has always had a special place in my heart,” said Marsha Smoke.
“Not only did I work and live here when I was young, this was the hunting territory of our Father who was a young hunter and trapper in the 1940’s. Our Smoke connection to the land is genuine. The Legacy that we carry on will be through sharing stories of the lives that our relatives lived during this chapter of Canada’s history. The work of the Dibaajimowin Cultural Centre is guided by survivors and those intergenerationally affected. We invite you to walk with us in our healing journey to Reconciliation.”