National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30, 2022
Ucluelet, B.C. – The District of Ucluelet respectfully acknowledges the traditional territory (ḥaaḥuułi) of the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ and the traditional keepers of their land. We are committed to strengthening the relationship between the municipality and Indigenous communities that is built on a foundation of respect and mutual support in this time of reconciliation.
We recognize that inequalities still exist today. On this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation we honour the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. We acknowledge the tragic and painful history, and the ongoing generational impact of the stripping away of culture, freedoms and self expression of Indigenous children.
The District of Ucluelet is committed to celebrating local Indigenous heritage and culture through incorporating traditional Nuu-chah-nulth (Nuučaan̓n̓uɫ) language and symbolic artwork into our community. We will work in partnership to share the traditions and the stories of Indigenous peoples as well as educate our staff, community, and visitors.
We want to take this opportunity to share local Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ artist Yaaʔałʔat Jackelyn Williams, and her recent project; the crosswalk on the corner of Larch and Matterson Drive. Jackelyn shares the inspiration for her design:
“When I was growing up, the eagles were said to be endangered. We didn’t see many around Hitac’u or Ucluelet, but a large eagle’s nest was easily seen along the drive from Hitac’u. Eagles are always respected and appreciated for the medicine they give to us. As time went on, their numbers grew and are no longer endangered. Their resilience and strength are admirable! Forever a reminder of home, as they’re always seen flying over head.”
On this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation we encourage Ucluelet community members to use the day as one of reflection, and to take personal actions such as wearing an orange shirt to commemorate and promote the ‘Every Child Matters’ movement. Other measures you can take are to educate yourself on the history of Canada's Indigenous Peoples, (including visiting the Legacy of Hope Foundation exhibit and student led projects open at the Ucluelet Secondary School on September 30th) and observing a moment of silence to honour residential school survivors and their families.
Mayor Mayco Noël & Council