National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is September 30
September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday to recognize the tragic loss and the lasting effects of Canada’s history and the Residential School system. This date was chosen to align with Orange Shirt Day.
The statutory holiday, officially recognized nationally as of 2022, responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action number 80, which called for the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous people in Canada, to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
September 30 will be a day to honour survivors and their families, their culture, languages and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of Residential Schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The West Vancouver Memorial Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to share events and resources with the aim of facilitating the reflection, education, and awareness that is called for on this day.
The following facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, September 30, 2022:
- West Vancouver Community Centre
- Gleneagles Community Centre
- Seniors’ Activity Centre
- West Vancouver Art Museum
- Municipal Hall (closed to the public until further notice)
- Gleneagles Golf Course
The District remains committed to upholding the Calls to Action identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including informing our residents and staff about the truth of what happened in Residential Schools.
Canada’s Residential Schools and other colonial systems and policies, that were enacted and historically supported by all levels of government, have caused immense inter-generational trauma, loss, and grief. We acknowledge the lasting impact of colonialism on Indigenous people and their communities today.
In June, the District lowered its flags to half-mast out of respect and to honour the hundreds of children found in unmarked graves initially on the grounds of a former Residential School in Tk’emlups te Secwepmemc (Kamloops) as well as the thousands of additional unmarked graves found in cities across Canada on the grounds of other former Residential Schools.
We offer the reminder that the National Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day toll free at 1-866-925-4419 for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential School experience. The Indigenous-led KUU-US Crisis Line is also available 24-hours a day toll free at 1-800-588-8717 for youth, Elders and adults who may be experiencing any kind of distress or crisis.
September 30 is an important day to stand in unity with Indigenous people across Canada, and we encourage you to wear an orange shirt to show your support.
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Carrie Gadsby, Communications Advisor