Author Archive for Mary Watson

Annual General Meeting Rescheduled

RSVP to Mary George by November 4, 2020.

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Orange Shirt Day September 30, 2020

To raise awareness to the residents of the Region of Durham what Orange Shirt Day represents in Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation report from 2015 put forward many recommendations. One of them being the Residential School System. For over a century, the central goals of Canada’s Aboriginal policy were to eliminate Aboriginal governments; ignore Aboriginal rights; terminate the Treaties; and, through a process of
assimilation, cause Aboriginal peoples to cease to exist as distinct legal, social, cultural, religious, and racial entities in Canada. The establishment and operation of residential schools were a central element of this policy, which can best be described as”cultural genocide.”
http://www. trc. ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_ the_ Truth_ Reconciling_for the Future July_ 23_2015. pdf

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Durham Region Police Station

I was driving by the Police Station on Taunton Rd in Whitby and out of the corner of my eye I spotted The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Flag. I had to stop in and have a chat with the Police and thanked them for flying the flag in honour of Indigenous month.

Indigenous Peoples Week

Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle Indigenous Peoples Day celebration
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Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle members at Courtice Community Complex

Lisa George and Mary Watson talked with Joan Curtis about the display set up at the Courtice Community Centre in honour of Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30. Orange Shirt Day brings awareness to the community about First Nation peoples and cultures, past and present. – Jason Liebregts/Torstar

CLARINGTON — At the Courtice Community Complex on Orange Shirt Day — Monday, Sept. 30 — representatives from the Bawaajigewin Aboriginal Community Circle educated visitors about the thousands of First Nations, Métis and Inuit children who were removed from their homes and forced to attend residential schools. Read more