South Stormont observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with office closure on Thurs., Sept. 30

Above, South Stormont Community Hall. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SOUTH STORMONT — In honour of the newly declared National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,  the Township of South Stormont offices will be closed on Thursday, Sept. 30.

A flag bearing the phrase “Every Child Matters” has been flying at the municipal office throughout the month of September in recognition of survivors and those lost to the Residential school system.

“The discovery of unmarked graves at former Residential Schools only highlights the need for us, as Canadians, to acknowledge these atrocities and reflect on the need to commemorate the legacy of our First Nation communities,” says Mayor Bryan McGillis. “We are encouraging staff to take this opportunity to learn about and reflect on this regrettable time in our Nation’s history.”

Waste collection and facility rentals will continue as scheduled on Sept. 30, and the township has delayed the deadline for payment of final taxes by one day. Residents now have until Oct. 1st to pay their final bills without penalty.

The township encourages residents to participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by attending local events where possible, participating in virtual events such as Truth and Reconciliation Week (www.nctr.ca/education/trw), or simply taking time to reflect and become more educated about the historical treatment of our First Nation population.

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