National Day of Truth + Reconciliation 2023: How to Observe in Prince Edward County
September 30 is a nationally recognized date that encourages the settlers in Canada to personally reflect on the history of colonialism and genocide: but one day of the year isn’t enough. We acknowledge that Truth and Reconciliation is an ongoing practice that requires work, having difficult conversations, and engaging with our Indigenous neighbours who are living in our community today. We honour and reflect on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Base31 is located on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Anishnaabeg, Huron-Wendat and Mississauga nations, and is located next to the Kenhtè:ke Kanyen’kehá:ka community in Tyendinaga (the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte). We are building a relationship with each of these communities, learning from them and inviting them to engage with us in our plans for the future.
We have committed as an organization to provide regular learning opportunities in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Indigeneity in order to provide our staff with resources in their personal journey of unlearning the norms of the culture of whiteness and colonial legacies.
We recommend taking in the various events taking place in and around Prince Edward County, as well as free resources for all members of our community who wish to learn more about Indigenous history, anti-racism, and how to become a better ally:
September 27 | 2 – 3 pm | Mohawk artist/writer/musician Tom Wilson will read from his award-winning novel Beautiful Scars and unveil a new master work triptych painting entitled Three Warriors which will hang in the new wing of the Picton Public Library.
September 30 | 10 am – 4 pm | The County Museums is hosting the soft launch of a new exhibit – “A Path Forward” at Macaulay Heritage Park, co-curated by their team alongside Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na and theDownie Wenjack Fund, that explores Truth & Reconciliation in the County, with Contemporary Indigenous works of art and story, plus a live performance by local musician, Jennifer Brant. Learn more about the free event here.
September 30 | 10 am – 4 pm | Ribbon-Skirt Making Workshop led by Brandie Maracle at Baxter Arts Centre. Email email@example.com for info and to register.
September 30 | 7 pm | Musician Jennifer Brant will be performing as part of the Our Place: A Celebration of Women in Music concert and fundraiser for the Kenhtèke Seed Sanctuary at Sophiasburgh Town Hall. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for info and tickets.
September 16th-October 8th – Janice Brant Kahèhtoktha’s “Forest Gifts” exhibit is running at Melt Studio & Gallery, and on September 30, Janice’s work entitled “Lateral Kindness” will also be on display.