City to commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on Saturday September 30
Posted on 09/29/2023
Orange Shirt Day 2023

In steps towards more meaningful reconciliation efforts, the City will honour Orange Shirt Day with a ceremony at City Hall on Saturday September 30, 2023 at 12:00pm (noon). A land acknowledgement, flag raising, and proclamation reading will take place, alongside other community stakeholders. Painted rocks will also be available for the community to place around the outside of City Hall. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The City encourages residents to join us in wearing orange to honour Indigenous families, children, and survivors who continue to be affected by the residential school legacy. Please consider buying a shirt from a local organization that supports Indigenous groups.

Please click here to view the full media release for more information.

City of St. Thomas Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that the land on which we meet is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinabek, Attiwonderonk (Neutral) and Mississauga peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. 

We also recognize that this land is now home to the Munsee-Delaware Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and Oneida Nation of the Thames. 

This land was settled through Treaty 2, the McKee Purchase Treaty of 1790, and we, as beneficiaries of the treaty recognize our collective responsibilities to the land and water.