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For the first time, the Canadian government has designated September 30th as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day will be observed to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis survivors and their families and communities, and ensure the public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools. It is essential that our community remain committed to reconciliation and ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten. 

We encourage everyone to learn more about the Canadian residential school system and its lasting impacts on survivors today by exploring the resources we have compiled below, including book lists and programming


Every Child Matters Walk

As long-standing partners of the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, we are proud to walk with our community in the Every Child Matters Walk. The library will be hosting various activities on September 30th, including a Story Walk, crafts, and more. Stop by the library’s tent at the Spirit Catcher for resources about Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day, and Indigenous History. Registration for the walk is required and can be accessed online.

Library Programs

An outline of Truth and Reconciliation related programs are listed below: 

  • Brain Builders - Special Guest EarlyON Indigenous Coordinator Angelia
  • Phyllis's Orange Shirt - Story Walk
    • September 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am
    • Spirit Catcher, Downtown Barrie
  • Dream Catcher Craft
    • September 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am
    • Spirit Catcher, Downtown
  • Every Child Matters Buttons + Colouring Books
    • September 30, 10:30 - 11:30 am
    • Spirit Catcher, Downtown Barrie (also available at both our branches)
  • Every Child Matters Walk
    • September 30, 12:30 pm
    • Spirit Catcher, Downtown Barrie
  • Red Quills - Residential School Webinar
  • Community Voices - Quilts for Survivors


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