Kingston Police and KCHC to hold bike ride on Truth and Reconciliation Day

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 

Time: 9:00 a.m. 

Start location: Kingston Community Health Centre, 263 

Weller Ave. (parkette) 

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. Smudge and opening ceremony  

by Pytor Hodgson (3 Things Consulting) and Logan Jackson (KCHC staff). Remarks by KCHC’s Mike Bell (CEO) and Wendy Vuyk (Director, Community Health); and Kingston  Police’s Chief Antje McNeely and Inspector Matt Funnell. 

Following opening remarks, participating cyclists from Kingston Police, KCHC and Youth  Diversion will depart from 263 Weller Ave, en route to Confederation Park to attend the Sacred  Fire that will be burning there from sunrise to sunset, with a stop at the Katarokwi Learning  Centre where students, officers and other participants will interact. 

Details: This event is being held to recognize and raise awareness of National Day for Truth and  Reconciliation (formerly known as Orange Shirt Day).  

Funds are also being raised to support the work of the Kingston Indigenous Language Nest  (KILN) https://kingstonindigenouslanguage.ca/ and the Monthly Sacred Fires hosted by the local  Indigenous community. Cash donations are welcome, as officers will have marked buckets on hand during the ride, but not necessary to participate. 

Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely states, “Officers from the CORE (Community Oriented  Response and Engagement) Unit, which has the responsibility for police-related bicycle training  for its members, felt a bike ride would be an inclusive and visible way to show support and a  commitment to listen, learn and reflect on this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  Officers in uniform will be wearing orange on their uniforms and other participants will be  wearing orange shirts to honour the victims of residential schools with the slogan ‘Every Child  Matters.’ 

“Additionally, on September 30th members both sworn and civilian at Kingston Police  headquarters will be observing a moment of silence, offering support to their Indigenous  colleagues, and reflecting upon the history of systemic inequities against Indigenous people.”  

All are welcome to attend the ceremonies and Sacred Fires as well as to join in the bike ride,  estimated to be 6 km in length, taking 20-30 minutes in total, with one rest stop near the halfway  point at the Katarokwi Learning Centre. To join the ride, helmets are strongly encouraged  (required for those under 18). 

There will also be a Sacred Fire held at KCHC’s Weller site, and all are welcome to attend its  lighting at 7:00 a.m. The fire will be tended by an Indigenous Fire Keeper and the fire will burn  until sundown. 

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  • Dinah Jansen
    published this page in News 2021-09-29 12:44:05 -0400