National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and also Orange Shirt Day. As a Municipality, we recognize that all Canadians have a responsibility to work towards reconciliation. Today is an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history of residential schools and the intergenerational trauma caused to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. It is also a day to honour the survivors of the Canadian residential school system, their families, and communities who continue to bear the impacts of these tragedies.
In order to create change, we must first understand past and present injustices against Indigenous peoples. We encourage those who are able to attend local events and use the day to learn about and reflect upon the history of residential schools.
In honour of the day, we have raised the Every Child Matters flag outside of the Lloyd E. Matheson Centre where it will fly until October 4, 2021.
Wondering what you can do to move forward in your work towards reconciliation? Check out the following resources:
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a live and recorded schedule of virtual events occurring all this week in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday. Access the schedule and session.
- Attend a Sipekne’katik Culture and History Teachings on Sunday and Wednesday evenings
- Attend the Facebook Live Event commemorating the National Historic Site designation of the former Shubenacadie Indian Residential School