Canada’s 1st National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 30th, 2021 is an important day for reflection, recognition, and an opportunity to commemorate the legacy of residential schools where more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were forced to attend between 1870 and 1997.

This National day for Truth and Reconciliation serves as an opportunity to reflect on the “multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to education, employment, health care, and cultural support” (Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2019) that Indigenous Peoples continue to face today. 

Having a day to increase awareness of the residential school experience was one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, which was published in 2015. Following the passing of Bill C-5 this past June, both Burlington and Halton have unanimously declared September 30th as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Burlington has a rich history of many First Nations and the Métis peoples, and today the community is encouraged to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families and to remember and honour those lost while committing to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

We invite you to explore the following resources to learn more:

In this image, the eagle represents First Nations peoples, the narwhal represents Inuit peoples and the beaded flower represents Métis peoples (Source).

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