National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This past summer, the discovery of mass unmarked graves at Indian Residential Schools across Canada brought to light the harsh realities of many Indigenous families and survivors. As a community we all felt the anguish and heartache our First Nation neighbours continue to live daily. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for all of us to acknowledge the painful legacy of the Residential School system.

The Federal Government declared September 30th as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.  While this day is not recognized as a statutory holiday for Municipal Governments, our flags will remain at half-mast.

On September 30th, to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure the public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools in Canada we encourage all staff and residents to wear orange clothing and to take time during the day to reflect and learn more.   

A brief overview of what this day is all about, and to understand the importance of learning more about the history of First Nation peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools visit the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples website.