FREDERICTON – Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon has announced that he will be closing his legislative and constituency offices to allow for reflection on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. Fellow Green MLAs, Kevin Arseneau and Megan Mitton will also be closing their constituency offices.
“It is important to me to close my offices to allow for reflection on truth and reconciliation,” said Coon. “Though most Government of New Brunswick offices will remain open, we will join municipalities and private businesses across the province that have announced they will be closed out of respect for the day.”
Coon will be attending two events in Fredericton to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. At 12:00pm, he will attend a ceremony that will permanently raise the Wolastoqiyik Flag at City Hall. Then he will attend a ceremony hosted by Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) at the Old Reserve, 150 Cliffe Street, at 1:00pm. Arseneau and Mitton will also mark the day by attending events in their ridings.
“The permanent raising of the Wolastoqiyik Flag at City Hall in our capital city is an important statement,” said Coon. “I am disappointed that the provincial government has missed the chance to work with Indigenous leaders to determine how best to commemorate this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in New Brunswick.”