September 21, 2021
EPC to Consider Administrative Report that Recommends Formal Recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Released: 9:02 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Today, Executive Policy Committee (EPC) will review an administrative report from the City of Winnipeg public service that recommends the City formally recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Formally recognizing the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation would build on a number of efforts put forward by Council and the City of Winnipeg to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “I will be supporting the recommendations in this administrative report and I am proud of our continued commitment to truth and reconciliation.”
If approved by EPC and Council, the administrative report will ensure that all employees of the City will formally recognize the federally legislated statutory holiday beginning on September 30, 2021. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation would become a paid holiday for all civic employees. September 30 is traditionally recognized as Orange Shirt Day and that would continue, however, the City would encourage employees to wear orange on September 29 for 2021 and reflect on how we can all can contribute to reconciliation.
On September 30, 2021, the flags will be lowered city-wide and the Winnipeg sign will be lit orange in recognition.
If approved, formal recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation would build on efforts at the City that include, but are not limited to:
- Embarking on the Year of Reconciliation
- Establishing the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle
- Teaching the impact of the Residential School System through training for employees
- Creating and implementing the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord
- Initiating the Welcoming Winnipeg Renaming Framework
- Sharing the history of Rooster Town
- Installing the flags of Treaty One, Dakota Nations and the Métis Nation at City Hall
“As we continue to move forward, I want to encourage Winnipeggers and Winnipeg organizations to consider joining the Indigenous Accord,” said Mayor Bowman. “Now in its fifth year, the Accord provides a path for individuals and organizations to come together to learn from each other and to take actions in support of our community’s journey of reconciliation.”
For more information on the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord, please see:
Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to fires on Young Street and Dufferin Avenue
Released: 11:08 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a house fire this morning and a townhouse fire yesterday evening.
Young Street Fire
At 8:38 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the WFPS responded to reports of a fire in a bungalow in the 500 block of Young Street. Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the house. An offensive attack was launched and the fire was declared under control at 8:56 a.m.
One occupant safely self-evacuated. WFPS crews completed a search of the structure and located one additional occupant. That individual was declared deceased on scene.
The fire is under investigation by WFPS and the Winnipeg Police Service. Damage estimates are not available at this time.
Dufferin Avenue Fire
At 7:33 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021, the WFPS responded to a report of a fire in a two-storey townhouse complex in the 500 block of Dufferin Avenue.
When crews arrived on-scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from one of the suites. They launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 7:58 p.m.
Occupants from the impacted suite safely self-evacuated. Residents from a neighbouring suite were temporarily evacuated by WFPS crews. No injuries were reported. Crews also located and brought two dogs to safety from the fire-impacted suite. The dogs were turned over to the City of Winnipeg’s Animal Services Agency for care.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage estimates are not available at this time.
Upcoming road closures: September 22-30
Released: 4:21 p.m.
Winnipeg, MB – Portions of three Winnipeg streets will be closed for road construction:
- Westbound Goulet Street, from Goulet Place to St. Mary’s Road, will close intermittently for periods of up to an hour on Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. until Thursday, September 30 at 11 p.m.
- Northbound Wall Street, from St. Matthews Avenue to Ellice Avenue, will close from 4 a.m. until 7 a.m. on Friday, September 24
- Southbound Archibald Street, from Elizabeth Road to St. Catherine Street, will close on Friday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, September 26 at 6 a.m.
For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.
For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.
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