September 30, 2021, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Virtual and in-person events will be held across Canada, and some public facilities and schools will remain closed to mark the day.
What is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
This day is a direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission call to action 80, Which called for a federal statutory day to acknowledge those affected by residential schools and to educate Canadians.
The House of Commons unanimously endorsed legislation in June to make September 30 a federally recognized holiday to mark the history of intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system.
All Canadians should celebrate National Truth and Reconciliation Day on 30 September
It also coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a movement that began on September 30, 2013, when Phyllis Webstead from the residential school Stvsvesem Xagatem First Nation survived. Opened up about her trauma caused by residential schools.
forty years ago, Webstad arrived for her first day of residential school wearing a new orange shirt, But soon it would have been taken from him. Orange Shirt Day serves to raise awareness of Indigenous children whose culture and freedoms were taken away from them.
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What is the significance of acknowledging the history and trauma of residential schools this year?
Indigenous peoples have long suspected that former residential schools contained cemeteries that hid their terrible human cost. Hundreds of such graves were reported this summer as First Nations used ground-penetrating radar, archival detective work and the help of experts to find the remains of long-lost loved ones.
The burials touched off a shower of support from Canadians.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is essential for the respect of all Canadians
Is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a national holiday in Canada?
Statutory leave applies to all federal employees and workers in federally regulated workplaces. All federally regulated industries and workplaces, including banks, post offices and public services, will remain closed.
Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will recognize the holidays, close schools and government offices. Some municipalities across the country are honoring this day.
Ontario officials say the province is also working to ensure the day is recognized, but has been barred from making it a statutory holiday. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia also said they would not make the day a statutory holiday. Meanwhile, provincial governments are facing calls to change their stance.
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Major events in Canada mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on 30 September
- Tk’emlúps Te Secwépemc calling supporters drums for kids As a way for people to connect and support the importance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- NS National Center for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting a week-long virtual event that will bring together Indigenous storytellers, artists, elders, enlighteners, survivors, and children of residential school survivors For an immersive learning experience
- Several in-person visits and walks are planned across the country. Orange Shirt Society lists Programs for all participating provinces
- rising hearts Hosting your first virtual 5km Commemoration Race In support of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
- reconciliation canada lists Both Virtual and Community Events on your blog
What are indigenous groups and leaders calling on Canadians to do?
As to how best to force non-Indigenous people in Canada to attend survivors and their families, teachers and schools are advising them to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. what can be done.
Show your support by observing a moment of silence at 2:15 pm (citing the number of graves found in Kamloops). wear an orange shirt Display an orange light inside or outside your window In an effort to show solidarity.
Learn the History of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
- The University of Alberta offers a free, online indigenous canada Period
- NS National Center for Truth and Reconciliation is a collection of records, mini-documents, maps and resources aimed at learning and promoting dialogue about the truth of residential school survivors
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Recognize your role in the progress that still needs to be made
- read the 94 Call to Action In truth and reconciliation report
- Research the final report of the National Inquiry Missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, which includes testimony from more than 2,380 family members, survivors and experts on violence against Indigenous women
Support authentic indigenous businesses, artists, experiences and events
- Use Shop First Nations To promote First Nations, Inuit and Métis businesses to find indigenous goods and services
- meeting destination indigenous If you are looking for a comprehensive experience of traditional indigenous culture through storytelling and culinary experiences on indigenous regions
- Click shopping.ca To be a hub that helps consumers find and purchase indigenous wares that showcase craftsmanship that has been passed down through generations
Learn to properly accept the land we live on
- meeting native-land.ca Learn the names and geographic regions to see whose traditional land you live on, and other regions
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if you need support
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation can embody difficult feelings as part of the reflection process. You are encouraged to reach:
- crisis services canada 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
- Hope for Wellness Helpline For Indigenous Peoples, 1-855-242-3310
- Native Youth Crisis Line 1-877-209-1266
- National Indian Residential School Crisis Line Provides emotional and distress referral services 24-hour on line, 1-866-925-4419
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- Journalist Jesse Went has lived a lifetime of discomfort. Join him, right?
With files from Christy Kirkup, Joe Frisson, Granthshala staff and The Canadian Press
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