(Cochrane, AB) – The Town of Cochrane proudly joins the nation in commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as we pay homage to the rich culture, heritage, and profound contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples who have long graced this land before colonial settlement.
Cochrane stands in unity with our Indigenous community, acknowledging the past while looking forward to reaffirm our relationship and partnership, as we earnestly commit to our local journey of truth and reconciliation.
On Saturday, September 30, 2023, Cochrane will commemorate the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation through a series of actions:
• Odagugiciye Apîîciyabic/Building Relationships Traditional Powwow: In partnership with Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, Goodstoney First Nation, and Spray Lake Sawmills Centre, the Town of Cochrane invites you to join us for the Odagugiciye Apîîciyabic/Building Relationships Traditional Powwow from 1-8pm at the SLS Centre.
• Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge Illumination: The Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge will be bathed in orange light, symbolizing our commitment to raising awareness and understanding of the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools.
• Flags at Half-Mast: Flags at Cochrane facilities will be respectfully lowered to half-mast in remembrance of those who endured and continue to endure the lasting effects of the residential school system, as well as to honor the memory of the lost, the resilience of survivors, and the strength of their families.
• Raising of the Survivors Flag: On September 28 at the Station at Cochrane Crossing, we raised the Survivors Flag—an emblem of remembrance, paying homage to residential school survivors and all the lives and communities touched by Canada's residential school legacy. Every element of this flag was thoughtfully chosen by survivors from across Canada, who played an integral role in its creation.
To further support reflection and learning, we have compiled a list of resources for reconciliation:
• Places to visit and community events: Cochrane.ca/truthandreconciliation
• Odagugiciye Apîîciyabic/Building Relationships Traditional Powwow: cochrane.ca/Powwow
• National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: nctr.ca
Together, we honour the past, embrace the present, and work towards a future founded on understanding, compassion, and unity.