For the third year, Truth and Reconciliation Day will be recognized on September 30, 2023. On this day, we honor the children who were lost to the residential school system, as well as the survivors and the families of those affected.
Truth and Reconciliation Day focuses on bringing awareness, respect, and appreciation for our Indigenous peoples. For generations they have thrived and continue to do so despite the disadvantages they have endured. On this day, we take pause to learn about the colonial legacy of our country and the traditions of our Indigenous cultures.
As summer comes to a close, many of us will linger in the memories of family vacations, festivals, and being outside under the warmth of the sun. For many families and communities, especially in our Province, the summer of 2023 will be remembered as a time of upheaval and constant fire readiness and watch. Our hearts go out to those returning to their lives and rebuilding their communities after suffering from a wildfire season that we have never experienced.
In 2022, 1.3 billion single use items were disposed of in Metro Vancouver*. That is more than 400 items per person per year**! Single use or "on the go" items come with too high an environmental price tag. Many single use items are not easily recycled, and some, such as foam containers, often end up in the landfill. In addition, many plastics can take centuries to decompose and can injure wildlife. Reducing single-use items helps protect our environment.
Celebrating August Pride Parade
In Vancouver B.C., the Pride festival is celebrated from July 28th to August 6th. The culmination of this celebration is one of the most iconic events for Pride; The Pride Parade held on Sunday August 6, 2023.