Lambton College Marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation With Virtual Events, Professional Development Opportunities

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021

SARNIA, September 30, 2021 – Lambton College plans to recognize Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with virtual events and professional development opportunities for both employees and students.

On Thursday, September 30, the College will mark the day with a virtual event featuring Indigenous drumming, remarks from Marie Short, the Resident Elder at the Indigenous Student Centre, and Phyllis George, Indigenous Education Chair. The event will also feature an Indigenous student panel moderated by part-time Indigenous professor Melissa Schnarr, and remarks from President & CEO Rob Kardas and other members of Lambton’s leadership team.

In an email to staff earlier in the week, Kardas stated that the College recognizes the tragic history of the Residential School system and the profound impact on Indigenous people, their families and communities.

“The need for advancing Truth and Reconciliation has become even more amplified with this year’s ongoing discoveries of unmarked children’s graves at former Residential School sites,” he said. “We acknowledge the pain and trauma as well as the intergenerational impacts experienced by Indigenous people.”

Kardas reiterated that Lambton College stands committed to advancing Truth and Reconciliation in collaboration with Indigenous communities and remains dedicated to the ongoing work that must occur well beyond September 30.

Prior to the September 30 events, College employees and students were also invited to participate in a virtual Red Quills Workshop with Vanessa Kennedy on Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

The College Community was also encouraged to wear orange to acknowledge the harm of the Residential School system, injustices to Indigenous people and to demonstrate the College’s commitment to reconciliation. The Lambton College Alumni Association and affinity program partner TD Insurance Meloche Monnex also provided free orange shirts and masks to interested students who wanted to show their support for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Additional educational opportunities extending beyond September 30 for College employees include:

  • A resource page created by the Teaching and Learning Commons that features a range of valuable information, including actions individuals can take to further their personal Reconciliation journey:
  • Earlier in the year, the College offered a professional development opportunity via a four-part webinar series called The Four Seasons of Reconciliation that focused on teaching the history of Residential Schools.
  • A Land Acknowledgment session is also currently being planned, as well as a virtual tour of the Brantford Residential School.
  • The College will also be lowering the flag to half-mast on September 30.

“Truth and Reconciliation is not a one-day effort. We must continue doing the work that confronts the atrocities and injustices of colonialism to increase awareness and understanding and build bridges to a better future,” said Kardas.

Commitments to advancing Truth and Reconciliation in collaboration with Indigenous communities are written into the College’s Strategic Plan (2019 -2024). In the coming weeks, the College will highlight some of the projects and initiatives currently taking place including work being done on campus, in the community and in collaboration with local and national First Nations communities.

For media inquiries or more information:

Jami Kloet
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Lambton College
Telephone: 519-542-7751 ext. 3337
Mobile: 519-328-2081

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