September 30th is a federal holiday called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a time to honour the survivors of the residential school system, the children who did not make it home, as well as their families and communities. It is a time to reflect on the historical and ongoing impacts of residential schools. It is an opportunity to learn about Canada’s colonial history, reflect on its legacy, and take action as part of the reconciliation process.
The Steveston Heritage Sites will be closed on this day of learning and reflection.
What You Can Do
• Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action
• Buy orange shirts from Indigenous creators
• Listen, watch, and read about the residential school system, as well as the diverse experiences of Indigenous communities in Canada
• Support Indigenous non-profits and Indigenous-owned businesses around you
• Virtually attend the national commemorative gathering Remembering the Children, broadcast live from Parliament Hill on September 30, 2023 at 10am PST
Image: 2023 Orange T-Shirt Design by Charliss Santos