Renfrew County flew the orange flag today at their administration building.

The event was in recognition of the trauma and suffering of those who went through the residential school system. The event was attended by Warden Debbie Robinson and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Chief Wendy Jocko. Both Robinson and Jocko hope the raising of the flag will encourage the people of Renfrew County to learn more about the cultures and achievements of Indigenous People.

Chief Jocko expressed her hope that communities will work together to identify, protect and commemorate residential school burial sites and repatriate the remains of the children who died. “We owe this collaborative approach to the many children that never made it home, to uncover the truth, rectify past wrongs and meaningfully contribute to the often difficult work of true reconciliation”

Renfrew County signed a memorandum of understanding with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in 2016. The agreement allows for the two partners to allow for the betterment of both communities and encourages the development of infrastructure, economic opportunities and skill development.