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Event offers opportunity for first steps on path of Indigenous reconciliation

This upcoming Sunday morning, September 26, 2021, Kingston and surrounding area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about core aspects of Indigenous roles in Canadian history, and the sobering impacts that colonial injustices continue to have on Indigenous lives today. Katie Koopman, founder of GAP (Good Ally Project),

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Kingston City Council: National Truth and Reconciliation Day a civic holiday

A decision by Kingston’s City Council will see National Truth and Reconciliation Day – observed annually on September 30 – a civic holiday, beginning this year. According to the City of Kingston, this move has been made to “encourage municipal employees and the community to observe the occasion as intended.”

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Indigenous Tattoo Gathering unites tradition, revitalization and reclamation

The Longhouse property of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory was the site of an Indigenous Tattoo Gathering August 21 – 24, 2021. Every day of the Gathering included all-day tattooing, while evening events included a social dance, a traditional fireball game, and a feast. The gathering ended the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 24,

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Local Indigenous archives and language revitalization underway at KFPL

An initiative to create and digitize an archive of local Indigenous history is in full steam at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL). Danycka Pereault, an Indigenous woman from the Kingston area, has recently joined the team responsible for the work, thanks to a grant from Young Canada Works going

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Kingston welcomes Theodore TOO with poignant-yet-celebratory ceremony

The arrival and mooring of Theodore TOO, the country’s most beloved tugboat, coincided with a number of momentous events for those in Kingston. Arriving on Monday, Jul. 12, 2021, the ‘Theodore Tugboat’ star docked in Kingston as part of a partnership with Swim Drink Fish, where the boat has taken

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Indigenous Peoples Day ceremony unveils ‘Manidoo Ogitigan’ at Lake Ontario Park

Manidoo Ogitigan (Spirit Garden), Kingston’s largest public art installation, will be officially opened with a small ceremony on Monday, Jun. 21, 2021, National Indigenous Peoples Day. The installation, just steps from the Lake Ontario Park parking lot, commemorates the fact that Kingston is built on the territorial lands of the

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Opinion: Tell the whole story about Sir John

The following is a submitted Op-Ed article. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. What to do with Sir John A’s towering presence in City Park? Is it right to look up to him? That’s the question Kingston City Council will tackle head on

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Letter: Requesting removal of Sir John A statue in Kingston City Park

The following is a submitted open letter to Kingston City Council. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Mayor Bryan Paterson and Kingston City Council, We are all aware of the recent discovery at Kamloops Indian Residential School. Since then, we have seen memorials

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KFPL encouraging enrollment in University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada course

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) is encouraging lifelong learners to enroll in the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Canada course. To support this learning opportunity, the library is also running a conversational program over Zoom immediately following each week’s lesson. When we know better, we can do better, KFPL said in

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Grade 6 class revisits ‘The Secret Path’ during significant memorial week

When grade six teacher Sarah Howard decided to show the animated film ‘The Secret Path’ to her students on Orange Shirt Day, she didn’t expect to embark with them on a month-long project. The 60-minute video combines the music of late Canadian music legend Gord Downie with the illustrations of

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Redeveloped Market Wing at City Hall to showcase Indigenous history and culture

The Market Wing at Kingston City Hall is scheduled to open to the public in November 2020, after undergoing redevelopment. The newly accessible space, located within Kingston City Hall National Historic Site, has been designed to house exhibitions and programs that combine history and the arts to highlight Kingston, and

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A ‘walk towards reconciliation’ at the Little Cataraqui Conservation Area

“The reality is that, if you are in your 20s today, you could have been a residential school survivor.” They are words that carry a lot of weight, and for good reason, Katie Koopman explained. “It is staggering, and it’s true,” said Koopman, who runs Good Ally Project (GAP), a

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