Canada will celebrate its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on 30 September, honoring Canadian residential school survivors, their families and communities, and publicly highlighting the impact and trauma endured by Indigenous peoples in Canadian residential schools. There is a federal holiday designed to celebrate.
What is the 30th of September holiday?
NS National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is the answer to one of 94 Calls to Action, explained in detail Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2015 Report. It will take place on the same day as Orange Shirt Day, a day that honors and remembers the survivors of the thousands of lives lost and the experiences of residential schools. One way to do this is by telling survivors their stories and experiences.
Which provinces are celebrating Truth and Reconciliation Day?
Unlike the Ontario government, which decided to make September 30 a statutory holiday, there are some provinces that have chosen to make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a provincial holiday. Provinces such as Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will recognize September 30 as a statutory holiday.
What’s open in GTA and across Ontario on September 30th?
TTC will operate under regular business hours. According to a Metrolinx spokesperson, Go Transit and UP Express will run as normal, with staff wearing orange ribbons and messages on the trains to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Pearson International Airport will remain open and flights will operate as usual.
School boards will remain open throughout the province, with some schools dedicating the day to educational activities and programs regarding National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Libraries will also remain open.
Popular tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, the Ripley Aquarium, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario will remain open. Toronto Zoo will offer complimentary admission For indigenous peoples on 30 September.
Malls and grocery stores will also remain open on Thursday.
What will be closed on September 30th in GTA and across Ontario?
All federally-regulated industries and workplaces will be closed for National Truth and Reconciliation Day. This includes the private sector such as airlines, banks and Crown corporations, as well as the public sector such as Parliament and public services. Canada Post will also be closed.
Some businesses are voluntarily closing to celebrate the day on 30 September.
Reboot Canada, a non-profit with locations in Toronto, Mississauga, and Peterborough, provides Internet access to technical imperatives and underserved communities. The nonprofit will close on September 30, and its decision is expected to spark a conversation about Indigenous issues among its patrons.
“If you have tried to contact Reboot Canada and find out that we are closed, I hope you understand why it is closed and take a look at the findings that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission brought forward and what it did.” Recommendations and instructions came out and try to “in some way align with those calls,” said Francisco Rota, executive director of Reboot Canada.
Other businesses have chosen to modify the hours of operation instead of closing completely for the day. Earlier this month, LCBO announced Stores across the province will open at noon two hours later than usual, saying it sees the holiday “as an opportunity to reminisce and reflect.”
“Public remembrance of the tragic and traumatic history and ongoing effects of residential schools is an important component of the reconciliation process,” reads federal website About national holidays.
The Truth and Reconciliation released 94 Final report detailing the call to action. Having a federal statutory holiday to celebrate, reflect, and honor children who survived residential schools and who have not, is just one of the actions the commission hopes is a step forward in the reconciliation process. .