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November 8, 2013
City of Toronto to proclaim Year of Truth and Reconciliation
The City of Toronto will host an event on Tuesday to proclaim November 12, 2013 to November 12, 2014 the Year of Truth and Reconciliation in Toronto to acknowledge Aboriginal peoples affected by the Residential School System.

Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), Chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee, will read the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Ford and Toronto City Council. Other speakers include Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada; Elder Andrew Wesley; and Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Honorary Witness for the event.

Date: Tuesday, November 12
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The proclamation adds to the City's ongoing work to enhance relationships with the Aboriginal community in Toronto, many of whom are residential school survivors or family members who have been affected by the legacy of the residential school system. The event will also include a presentation of artwork to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and to the City of Toronto by students from Hagersville High School.

More information about residential schools is available on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission website at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Mae Maracle
Consultant, Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Division, City Manager’s Office



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