The Town of High River will be commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Friday, September 30.
The Town will raise the official "Every Child Matters" orange flag at Town Hall and Town flags will be lowered to half-mast to honour National Truth and Reconciliation Day.
The town has issued this news release:
"On September 30 we encourage residents to join the Town, other organizations and Indigenous people across Canada to honour this day. We remember and learn from our history and the tragic discoveries related to residential schools across Canada," said Craig Snodgrass, Mayor of High River. "We also honour the proud history and contributions of Indigenous people to Canada. In High River, we acknowledge our relationship and respect for Treaty 7 members, as well as the rich history, legacy and ongoing contributions by the Stoney and Blackfoot people to the High River community."
At their regular meeting on September 26, High River’s Town Council wore orange shirts to acknowledge this day.
"We invite everyone to join staff and Council by wearing orange shirts on September 30," added Mayor Snodgrass.
Canada has designated Orange Shirt Day on September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The colour orange symbolizes the loss of Indigenous children and honours the experiences of Indigenous people, affirming a commitment that Every Child Matters.