The Rotary Clubs of Sudbury and Sudbury Sunrisers invited Rotarians, MPP Jamie West, Deputy Mayor Joscelyne Landry-Altmann and residents to attend a dedication ceremony of the first Rotary Peace Pole at Rotary Park on Sept. 26, 2021, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Week. There will be four Poles planted alongside a bench on the walking trails of the park. They demonstrate a shared commitment to building a peaceful community.
Acknowledgement to the land was followed by a welcome to the Waabishki Mkwaa (White Bear) Singers who shared Indigenous knowledge, teachings and sang Migisi (Eagle Honour Song). All speakers referenced the significance of this day and was followed by the fitting song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. In closing, the sun came out and a bald eagle was spotted above acknowledging the prayers for peace. Participants enjoyed a beautiful fall walk through the park.
Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in 8 languages – English, French, Cree, Ojibway, Italian, Finnish, Mandarin and Arabic.