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Timmins Police Service statement on Truth and Reconciliation Day

In keeping with September 30th being publicly acknowledged as National Truth and Reconciliation Day, Brenda Beaven, Timmins Police Community Liaison Coordinator has taken on the task of completing culturally relevant art work to commemorate the significance of this day.
The impromptu art work will adorn the front entrance of the Timmins Police station as a symbolic gesture designed to inspire and raise public awareness of historical atrocities. These colonial injustices are acknowledged in the art work in regards to the countless unmarked graves being discovered at the sites of numerous former residential schools in Canada. The Timmins Police Service applaud Brenda Beaven’s commitment to inclusion, and raising public awareness about this critical topic.
Each numeral in the artwork speaks to the number of unmarked graves discovered at one former residential school site or another. The importance and significance of these efforts is focused on ensuring that the expression “Every Child Matters” serves as a reminder of past mistreatment of Indigenous populations, including those in the local traditional territories of the Mattagami First Nations on whose land the City of Timmins is situated.

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