Today we reflect on the painful legacy and impacts of residential schools in Canada. It is a time for us all to come together with one goal: reconciliation. The Canadian government established a new federal holiday last year but we believe this day should be observed by all, not just banks and government workers.
Reconciliation is a process of healing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. This requires public truth sharing that recognizes past harms as well the need for apology and commemoration in order to make peace with one another. In honour of this important process, we will be donating a portion of all sales this weekend (September 30th until October 3rd) to The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, an organization that aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
The Fund’s goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all Canadians.
The Lake acknowledges that it operates as an uninvited guest upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinabek Nation. We are grateful to live in these lands.