Friday September 30 is the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation and coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Learn how you can take part in observing and acknowledging this important day with local events and activities.
September 28, 2022
Ground Blessing Ceremony
4-5 PM at 200 Main St.
A Ground Blessing Ceremony will be shared by Splatsin at 200 Main Street, the future site of the Shuswap Healing Centre. There will also be cultural activities, crafts and games. The after-school programs from Sicamous and Splatsin will be participating, and the public is invited and welcome to attend.
The Shuswap Healing Centre is a collaborative project with Splatsin which addressees Actions 21, 22 and 23 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
The Centre will house the Sicamous Community Health Centre, allied health services, shared community space and a centre for traditional Indigenous healing. Learn more about the project here: http://www.sicamous.ca/.../capital.../shuswap-healing-centre
September 30, 2022
Orange Shirt Day / National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
The walk will begin at Enderby Chamber of Commerce (700 Railway St.) and finish at the Splatsin Community Centre (5767 Old Vernon Rd) where there will be speakers, drumming and lunch.
The District of Sicamous and Splatsin will be working together to create Truth and Reconciliation Quilts to honor the continuing partnership between the two communities. A blanketing ceremony shows our respect for those who have made an important contribution to our community in some way.
Community members can pick up their patches for the community quilts at either of the events noted above. Patches can be painted, colored, beaded or stitched. You can write words or draw pictures that signify what Truth and Reconciliation means to you. The District of Sicamous and Splatsin will then have quilts created to be presented to the two communities at a later date. For First Nations, a blanket holds deep meaning and traditions linked to culture, birth, life and death. It can represent survival and beliefs that transcend time and place.