We acknowledge with respect and gratitude that the City of Pitt Meadows is located on the traditional, unceded territory of q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation who were stewards of this land since time immemorial. 

The City stands with Indigenous peoples, committed to learning and evolving, as we acknowledge this historical truth and take meaningful steps towards reconciliation.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.

In 2023, the City recognized the day with the following:

  • Wednesday, September 27 at 1pm - Community walk, traditional songs, drumming, and open sharing time in šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square).
  • City Hall was lit up with orange lights from dusk on September 30 until dawn on October 1.
  • A Place of Reflection is located beside the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie) First Nation flag at šxʷhék̓ʷnəs (Spirit Square) where we encourage the community to visit and take a moment to consider the painful parts of Canada's history as it relates to our past and current relations with Indigenous communities, and how to move forward together towards a better future.

Educational Free Workshops

Len Pierre Consulting has provided links to these free workshops:

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. Len is a professor, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, change agent and traditional Knowledge Keeper. He has a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Indigenous curriculum and instructional design. His experience includes Indigenous education and program leadership from various organizations across colonial Canada.

For more information about Len Pierre Consulting and additional workshops, please visit lenpierreconsulting.com.

Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Across the country, you can find open to public local activities organized to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.

In 2023, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) offered free daily lunch and learns in September. When available, more information will be shared about 2024 lunch and learns and events.

The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.

Educational Resources

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