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National Indigenous Peoples Day Event in Palmer Park

Today, we gathered in Palmer Park with Chief Kelly LaRocca, members of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, Scugog Council, Region of Durham, the Province of Ontario, and various schools within Scugog to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day.

We had the opportunity to hear from Chief LaRocca, MSIFN Councillor Jeff Forbes, Mayor Wilma Wotten, MP Erin O'Toole, MPP Todd McCarthy, and Regional Chair John Henry discuss the importance of this day as well as the topic of reconciliation and education surrounding residential schools and their impacts on our society.

To commemorate the day, students from local schools decorated the gazebo with red, white, black and yellow paper flowers to reflect the indigenous colours on the traditional Medicine Wheel. Thank you to the following Scugog schools for participating with over 100 students:

  • Cartwright Public School – grade 5/6 class and ASL English interpreter
  • Good Shepherd – 15 students
  • Prince Albert Public School – 100 students, grades 4-8
  • R.H. Cornish Public School – 20 students and Student Voice and Equity Engagement teams
  • S.A. Cawker Public School
  • Childrens House Montessori – created and sent flowers for gazebo

We thank everyone who attended and encourage everyone to recognize Indigenous history. For more information, view our MSIFN page.


Media Contact: Lori Bowers, Director of Community Services, Township of Scugog
905.985.7346 ext. 132,


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