National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for all Canadians to commemorate the history and legacy of the residential school system.
It’s a day to honour the resilience, dignity and strength of survivors and intergenerational survivors and remember the children who never came home. It’s a chance to engage and educate people about B.C.’s colonial history and how it has and continues to impact Indigenous communities.
On March 9, 2023, the Province of British Columbia passed legislation to make September 30 a statutory holiday.
Enshrining National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in B.C. law gives more people the chance to commemorate the history and legacy of the residential school system on September 30 each year. This was done by creating a new Act called The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Act.
Having a provincial statutory holiday means eligible B.C. workers are able to observe September 30 with a paid day off or receive payment at premium rates if required to work.
More British Columbians will be able to take part in the day such as attending local events, reading, watching and listening to Indigenous-created content, supporting an Indigenous-owned business, talking to family, friends and coworkers about reconciliation, and wearing an orange shirt.
British Columbia joins Canada, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon as jurisdictions that have designated September 30 as a statutory holiday. Continue reading on BC Government Website.
South Island Events Island Métis Society
Friday, September 29th, 2023
10:00am to 2:00pm
Gym Everyone Welcome!
For more Information Visit: https://www.facebook.com/imfcss
Tseshaht First Nation National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of closing the Alberni Indian Residential School (AIRS)
Saturday, September 30th, 2023
10:00am – AIRS Student Art Display at Barclay Hotel
11:00am – Walk starts at Barclay Hotel
12:00pm – Celebration begins at Maht Mahs
Best Western Plus Barclay Hotel
4277 Stamp Ave, Port Alberni Everyone welcome!
For more information visit: https://tseshaht.com/event/national-day-for-truth-reconciliation/