City Hall in North Bay will be lit up in orange on Thursday night.
That’s one way the City of North Bay is observing the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.
A ceremony involving local dignitaries, including Indigenous and Metis representatives is taking place at 7 pm on Thursday.
It will be live-streamed on the city’s website and YouTube channel.
“The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all of us to recognize and raise awareness about the legacy of residential schools in Canada,” said Mayor Al McDonald. “As a City, we are encouraging residents to use this day to reflect on our past and to learn more about residential schools and the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples.”
An Every Child Matters flag will be raised on Wednesday, September 29th at Leger Square.
The federal government created the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to recognize the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada.
The city says it will respect the day as a statutory holiday, which means City Hall and other administrative offices and facilities will be closed on September 30th.
North Bay Transit will follow its regular schedule and garbage and recycling collection will still take place.