National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Message from the Mayor

On this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we take time to remember, commemorate and reflect on a sad chapter in our history. The residential school tragedy has left significant and lasting scars on Indigenous communities. The search for the truth is an essential premise for reconciliation and the healing of the deep wounds of the past.

We need to hear the stories and experiences of the victims of these schools so that we can understand their suffering and bring them justice. I invite all citizens of the City to wear an orange garment or accessory today to raise awareness on the tragic legacy of residential schools and to honour the thousands of survivors and their families.

I also invite you to check out our Public Library’s wide selection of books on Indigenous Peoples. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Indigenous Peoples and the abuses and discrimination they have suffered and continue to suffer.

Thank you,

Christina M. Smith
Mayor of Westmount