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Port Edward raises Every Child Matters flag

Ts’msyen First Nation Elder Murray Smith (Algmxaa), right, speaks next to Port Edward mayor Knut Bjorndal during a ceremony to raise an Every Child Matters Flag at the District office on June 1. (District of Port Edward)

Ts’msyen First Nation Elder Murray Smith (Algmxaa), a residential school survivor, recently raised an Every Child Matters flag at the District of Port Edward office.

This gesture signifies Port Edward’s dedication to creating Truth and Reconciliation within the community, a district press release said.

“The Every Child Matters flag serves as a visible reminder of the ongoing commitment to reconciliation, healing and acknowledging the intergenerational trauma caused by the Residential School system,” a statement from the district of Port Edward read.

Mayor Knut Bjorndal was also in attendance at the ceremony.

“The relationship, consultation, and collaboration that are built here will guide us for years to come and foster positive partnerships with First Nations people,” Bjorndal said.

Port Edward has recently developed a Truth and Reconciliation plan, which “strives to enhance the municipality’s commitment and relationships with local First Nation’s people.”

The municipality’s goal is to continue to represent the First Nations community and create an inclusive space in Port Edward.

“We look forward to developing this plan and working with First Nations for years to come,” Bjorndal said.

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