Video: Prime Minister starts Truth and Reconciliation Day in Niagara Falls

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Published September 30, 2022 at 2:05 pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a sunrise ceremony to mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Friday, September 30, 2022. (Photo: The Canadian Press/Nick Iwanyshyn)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent part of the morning in Niagara Falls but you had to be up with the birds to see him.

Trudeau joined representatives of various First Nations and dozens of people in orange for a sunrise ceremony to mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

Trudeau stood silently as the ceremony took place and later spoke with residential school survivors.

“We are in Niagara Falls this morning to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – and to honour the children who never came home, the Survivors, their families, and their communities,” Trudeau posted on Twitter.

The day, also known as Orange Shirt Day, is a federal statutory holiday that was established last year following the discovery of suspected unmarked burial sites at former residential schools.

After the ceremonial part was over, Trudeau did address the crowd. The video is below.

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