Region, Durham Police, march in Whitby support of residential school survivors

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Published September 22, 2023 at 4:19 pm

The Region of Durham, Durham Regional Police and others committed to reconciliation and honouring the lost children of residential schools and those who survived marched along Rossland Road in Whitby today to mark the week leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

The march began at 10 a.m. at the Pathway to Reconciliation Crosswalk, located near the south entrance of Durham Regional Headquarters, and continued along Rossland to Fallingbrook Park before returning to Durham Regional Headquarters.

The march was hosted by the Region’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division and the marchers were joined by DRPS Chief Peter Moreira and other members of Durham Police, who marched “in solidarity” for the residential school survivors.

“We will be taking this time to reflect and honour survivors, their families, and their communities,” Moreira said in a statement. “Every child matters.”

The march followed Thursday’s International Day of Peace, a “call to action” to protect human rights, address global challenges and advocate the need for a society free from fear and violence for people of all identities.

“We need peace more than ever. People around the world are being displaced from their homes due to war, poverty, inequity and other unprecedented global challenges,” said Durham Chair John Henry. “Durham Region is committed to addressing these challenges; to build a welcoming and inclusive community for all who arrive here.”

 

 

 

 

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