National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.
In 2015 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presented their final report and 94 Calls to Action. The Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a response to Call to Action 80:
"We call upon the federal government, in collaboration
with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory
holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to
honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and
ensure that public commemoration of the history and
legacy of residential schools remains a vital component
of the reconciliation process."
Although just one special, honoured day, reconciliation must continue while we learn and grow as a community. We hope these resources help you on this journey.