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Truth and Reconciliation committee at IFSS painting sidewalk outside public library

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The Town of Iroquois Falls has a ceremony planned outside the public library on Tuesday, for National Indigenous People’s Day.

And this Friday, volunteers will help the Truth and Reconciliation Committee from IFSS paint the sidewalk outside the library.

Committee co-founder Emma Gelinas says the work will be done Friday, modelled after the Every Child Matters crosswalk in Timmins.

“The Timmins painting inspired us to bring it to Iroquois Falls,” she remarks. “because there’s not really anything for the Indigenous people, specifically the Indigenous youth here in Iroquois Falls.”

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Along with the feathers that are in the Timmins painting, this one will have a medicine wheel.

“The feathers represent Every Child Matters,” says Gelinas, “but the medicine wheel represents all the Indigenous communities, not just the Every Child Matters, so the sidewalk’s going to represent everybody.”

Volunteers to help with the project are still needed.  Gelinas says it qualifies for community hours for students.

Medicine wheel.
(Kent Matheson, MyCochraneNow.com staff)
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