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Regional District closes to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Walk for the Children and gathering at Gyro Park happening Sept. 30
The For the Children Caravan, made up of members of the Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance’s constituent First Nations, including the Lower Similkameen Indian Band, departed from Penticton on June 30, 2021 to head to the site of the Kamloops Residential School where 215 children’s bodies were uncovered. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Offices of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) will be closed to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, Sept. 30. Campbell Mountain landfill will remain open.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity to engage and educate people about British Columbia’s colonial history and how it has impacted Indigenous communities.

“The RDOS is committed to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples,” says RDOS chair Mark Pendergraft. “This is a long-term goal that will require ongoing relationship-building.”

Penticton residents have two opportunities this year to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, Sept. 30.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the City of Penticton, among others, will host and support events in honour of the statutory holiday.

First up is a Walk for Children that starts at the Peach in Penticton and sees participants make their way along the channel to the Syilx Indian Residential School Monument.

READ MORE: Walk for the Children on Truth and Reconciliation Day

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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