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First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized

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Inuvialuit Corporate Group staff gather outside the Corporate Centre to honour the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. © Chris Gruben

The First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was recognized around the country and the North with gatherings, walks, and activities in honour and remembrance of residential school survivors around Canada. 

In Nunavut’s capital, about 1,000 people, mostly dressed in orange, marched down the main street and afterwards packages of frozen caribou were distributed. Organized by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, orange t-shirts designed by Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok were handed out at the event as well. 

Events were organized in all Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities as well as in Nunavik, many by youth. 

Orange t-shirt design by Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. © NTI

ᐃᓕᑕᖅᓯᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᓇᑕᓕᒫᕐᒥ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᓱᓕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᐃᓕᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ, ᑲᓇᐃᑎᐊᓐ ᓄᐊᑦ ᖃᖓᑕᔫᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ CHEO−ᑯᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᖏᓪᓗ, ᑐᓂᓯᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ∃6,000ᓂᒃ CHEO−ᑯᑦ ᐋᑯᓗᒃ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒻᒧᑦ. CHEO−ᒥ, ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃ ᑐᑦᑕᕐᕕᐅᕙᑦᑐᖅ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓄᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᑦᑐᓄᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒦᖔᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᐃᓗᑕᖃᓪ ᓚᕆᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓯᐅᖅᑕᐅᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ − ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᕕᐅᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᖅᑯᑎᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᕐᒥ, ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓂᖃᑦᓯᐊᖅᑐᕐᒥ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᑐᖃᕐᒥᓄᓪᓗ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᙱᑦᑐᒦᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓯᐅᖅᑕᐅᓂᒃᑯᑦ. ᑐᓂᓯᓂᐊᖅᑑᒃ ᓯᒃᑭᒥᒃ CHEO−ᑯᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᐋᑯᓗᒃ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᖓᓐᓅᖓᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᑯᐊᖑᔫᒃ ᔮᓂᔅ ᕙᕌᓯ Janice Barresi, ᑐᑭᒧᐊᑦᑎᑦᓯᔨᒻᒪᕆᒃ OSEG−ᑯᑦ ᑐᙵᕕᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᐊᓕ ᑎᑭᐊᕆᔭ Shelly De Caria, ᑐᑭᒧᐊᑦᑎᑦᓯᒻᒪᕆᒃ, ᓂᐅᕕᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᓗ ᐃᑲᔪᕆᐊᕈᑎᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᐴᑉ Andrew Pope, ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᐊ, ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᖅᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᓯᓂᕐᒨᖓᔪᓄᓪᓗ ᑲᓇᐃᑎᐊᓐ ᓄᐊᑦᑯᓐᓂᑦ.

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadian North Airlines and the OSEG Foundation, made a $6,000 donation to CHEO’s Aakuluk Children’s Clinic. At CHEO, the clinic serves as a hub for children and youth from Nunavut with complex medical needs – providing them with timely, coordinated and culturally safe medical care. Presenting the cheque to the CHEO Foundation for the Aakuluk Children’s Clinic is Janice Barresi, Executive Director of the OSEG Foundation, Shelly DeCaria, our Senior Director, Sales and Community Investments, and Andrew Pope, VP, Customer & Commercial. © Sam Wauchope 

Nunavik’s Qarjuit Youth Council members celebrate the official first day for Truth and Reconciliation in Chisasibi by acknowledging that every single life matters. © Gerardo Salazar from Waaskimaashtaau community magazine in Chisasibi
Youth led activities in all Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) communities for the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. Activities included community awareness walks and gatherings to talk about the history and recognize the day. Here, supporters walk in Inuvik, NWT. © Tony Devlin / BlackFlyStudios
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