National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as Orange Shirt Day across Canada in honour of the Survivors of Indian Residential Schools. On September 30, we encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools.
On August 3, 2021 the BC Government formally recognized September 30 as a statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The date was declared a statutory federal holiday with the passage of Bill C-5 in June of 2021, in response to one of the 94 Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 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.
To commemorate this day, the District of Logan Lake will raise an orange flag at the municipal office to honour the historic tragic loss of indigenous children at Canada’s residential schools, and to stand in solidarity with the families, survivors, and communities who continue to suffer the impacts of past Canadian policies.
Reconciliation is a journey in which we all have a part to play. May we all find ways to listen, to dialogue, to learn and to act in pursuit of truth, dignity, and, ultimately reconciliation.
CLOSED FOR STATUTORY HOLIDAY
As part of this formal recognition, all District facilities will be closed September 30. Offices are closed in honour of the statutory holiday on Monday, October 2, 2023.
WAYS TO HONOUR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION
- Attend a local event
- Wear Orange on September 30 for Orange Shirt Day
- Watch the events on Parliament Hill at 4PM PST
- Plan for a moment of silence and reflection on September 30. The time of 2:15pm on Saturday September 30, 2023, reflects the discovery of the remains of 215 children in a mass graveyard on a former residential school site in Kamloops, BC, in May 2021.
- Learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Canada.
- Take a course: Reconciliation Education
- Indigenous history in Canada
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- 94 Calls to Action, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People: Government of BC
- UNDRIP Implementation plan in BC
- First Nation’s Leadership Council
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS AVAILABLE
Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.
Post Date: September 21, 2023 | Category: News Releases