Toronto, ON – Watts, Griffis and McOuat Ltd. (“WGM”), along with the entire Canadian mining sector,
wishes to honour and recognize the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day this Friday, September
30 th , 2022. We encourage all Canadians to pause at 2:15pm on Friday for a moment of silence and
reflection about the injustices inflicted on the Indigenous peoples of our country. The time is significant
as it represents the 215 (and counting) unmarked graves discovered in a burial site at the grounds of the
Kamloops Indian Residential School on May 28, 2021.
WGM, having worked alongside many First Nations individuals and communities, has listened to and
learned about both the past legacy of suffering and the current situation directly from the Peoples
affected. We feel it imperative that in order to heal as a country, we must hold our elected officials to
account and work together as Canadians to bridge the divides that keep us from understanding and
We encourage all Canadians to listen to Indigenous voices on September 30, and do their part for Truth
and Reconciliation. A good place to begin is the Downie & Wenjack website located at:
www.downiewenjack.ca which contains videos and recordings from Indigenous peoples and offers hope
for a better tomorrow.