Honouring the Children at Oshawa City Hall


Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle and the City of Oshawa held an Honouring the Children Orange Ribbon Ceremony at Oshawa City Hall, Civic Square on Thursday, August 12, 2021 to honour the Indigenous children who had to endure the residential schools in Canada.

The ceremony included a blessing and smudging ceremony by Dr. Shirley Williams, Elder and residential school survivor and a welcome by Mayor Dan Carter, as well as a drum song and call to action by Mary George, President of Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (please refer to attached statement). Following the ceremony, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members were invited to tie orange ribbons along the railing on Centre Street at Civic Square, on the east side of City Hall.

These actions were to acknowledge the stolen children, to show a sign of respect to them and their families, and to support healing in shattered Indigenous Communities across Canada in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation. Community members are invited to come to City Hall (50 Centre St. S.) to bring and tie an orange ribbon on the railing to honour the children until Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The ribbons will eventually be braided together by Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle and displayed at a future date.

“The City of Oshawa is honoured to stand with Indigenous Peoples of Oshawa and across Canada to honour the stolen children of the residential schools and the unmarked graves which were recently uncovered in many locations across Canada,” says Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter. “As Mayor, I am committed to building relationships with Indigenous communities in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation by fostering partnerships including the honouring ceremony held in partnership with Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle.”

Oshawa is situated on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, which is covered by the Williams Treaties and is the present-day home of many First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. 

Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle (BACC) is an Aboriginal-led incorporated non-profit agency that was developed through numerous community partnerships and consultations in the Durham Region. Learn more at https://bawaajigewin.ca.

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