BROCKTON – The Sept. 28 meeting of Brockton council began with a moment of silence.
In the words of Coun. Tim Elphick, the purpose was to “recognize the errors of the past … and to move forward in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.”
Mayor Chris Peabody raised the “Every Child Matters” flag on behalf of the municipality in recognition of Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Although Brockton council had previously discussed the possibility of declaring Sept. 30 a holiday in Brockton, the decision was made to remember the Indigenous children who died at Canada’s residential schools, and honour those who survived the abuses at those schools, by conducting staff education and focusing on ways to assist members of the local Indigenous community.
Sept. 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day, was declared a national holiday by the federal government. However, the province chose to mark the day by ensuring children were in school, where they could learn the truth about Canada’s residential schools.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times