RedBlacks to Observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 28, 2023 - Canadian Football League (CFL) - Ottawa RedBlacks News Release

OTTAWA - The Ottawa REDBLACKS are taking part in numerous initiatives in observance of Saturday's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Arena at TD Place will host Thursday's "We Are All Related" youth event, where Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, will participate in a series of reflection focused activities, in public commemoration of Canada's painful history and the ongoing impacts of the residential school system. The event, organized by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, will feature Survivors, Knowledge Keepers, and Indigenous music and culture.

On Saturday, when the REDBLACKS host the Montreal Alouettes at 4:00pm ET, merchandise will be available featuring an Indigenized logo, designed by Mike Ivall. The players will wear helmet decals featuring that logo, as well as orange jerseys during their pre-game warmups, that will be auctioned through the team's 50/50 program. Proceeds from merchandise sales, and from auction will benefit the Wabano Indigenous Centre for Excellence in Health.

Indigenous vendors will also be on Exhibition Way, selling hand-made goods, and Saturday's game will feature performances by Aboriginal artists.

The REDBLACKS are grateful to play upon the ancestral and unceded territory of the Algonquin/Anishinaabe people, and remain committed to the cause of Truth and Reconciliation.

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