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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30

Photo: Healing Sculpture at Sycamore Commons, Powell River by carver and artist Ivan Rosypskye

 

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday which gives the public a chance to recognize and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities, and to honour those who have been affected by this injustice.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to Call to Action 80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, which reads:

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.

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day.

“The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30th opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.  A discussion all Canadians can tune into and create bridges with each other for reconciliation.  A day for survivors to be reaffirmed that they matter, and so do those that have been affected.  Every Child Matters, even if they are an adult, from now on.”

(Orange Shirt Day website)

Orange Shirt Day invites Canadians to wear orange shirts on September 30th each year to honour survivors of residential schools, their families, and their communities. The Orange Shirt Day website has a page of resources for anyone looking to organize Orange Shirt Day at their school or work.

We ask that all visitors to the Sunshine Coast on this day be aware of this event.  The Sunshine Coast region includes the traditional and unceded territories of the Tla’amin, Klahoose, shíshálh, and Skwxwú7mesh nations.  Throughout the history of the residential school system, many children from these local Nations attended residential schools in Canada, including the residential school that was in operation on shíshálh territory from 1903-1975.  For more resources and education on the history of residential schools here and in Canada, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website.

Details

Date:
September 30
Website:
https://nctr.ca/
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