Written statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices are closed on September 30, 2023 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2023 to observe the statutory holiday. Observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation allows PRRD staff and elected officials time to reflect on the lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system, and time to listen and learn from Indigenous Peoples. The PRRD acknowledges that we are situated on the traditional territory of the Dane-Zaa (Beaver), signatories of Treaty 8 and the Metis BC Region 7, and wishes to advance truth and reconciliation in the region on this day and throughout the year.

As a Regional District, we understand the importance of this day. On October 5, the Board will continue its journey and meet with Maugwa Clan Energy to further our understanding of First Nations. The Board is committed to constructing significant bonds with our Indigenous neighbours, building on the foundational work completed to date. We are aware of the need to continue to seek understanding through listening to further our relationships, and the aim of this current Board is to maintain and grow our connection through collaboration with our First Nations partners.” – Chair Leonard Hiebert

The Regional Board is committed to meaningful reconciliation with our Indigenous partners, and will continue to take steps in strengthening relationships, understanding, and cooperation with our First Nations partners. The PRRD 2023-2026 Strategic Plan, includes the stated goal “To further our relationships with First Nations governments and pursue opportunities for partnerships and governance participation.” We will work to advance our connections with the Indigenous community at every opportunity.

Reconciliation is an ongoing process. Having a dedicated day set aside to listen to and learn from our Indigenous neighbours is a necessary step toward healing. I would encourage everyone to take a moment on September 30th to consider what they have learned this past year about Truth and Reconciliation, and what they can do in the coming year to support meaningful reconciliation in our region.” – Chair Leonard Hiebert.

For more information regarding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day, or Indigenous advocacy at the PRRD, please visit the following websites:

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