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On September 30th many of our Ontario District Associates are planning to go to Beechwood Cemetery.  National Day – Truth and Reconciliation at Beechwood Cemetery .

Beechwood National Memorial Center’s Sacred Space for the first ever full public display of 57,000 tiles made by children and youth across Canada to honour the children who attended residential schools as part of the Project of Heart education program. The Project of Heart Tiles will be displayed as a memory labyrinth for guests to learn the historical and contemporary truths of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples and their relationship with Canada.

Following the memory labyrinth, historians John Milloy and Amber Johnson, the First Nation’s Caring Society and Beechwood Cemetery Foundation will be leading visitors on a 45-minute Reconciling History tour to view plaques marking the final resting places of key figures – proponents and critics – in the residential schools, while learning about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. The Reconciliation Tour will help people of all ages learn from history.

Dr. Peter Boyce was buried at Beechwood Cemetery, he was the Chief Medical officer with the Dept. of Indian Affairs in 1907 and he was appalled with the conditions of residential schools with lack of food & much illness, but the government ignored his assessment.  He has been given an Orange Mailbox @ his graveside where people can write letters which may be compiled into a book.