Sept. 30 National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Resources

In June, the federal government announced the creation a new statutory holiday known as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation to be recognized on September 30 each year. This day fulfills the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call-to-Action #80 and will serve as a day of remembrance, reflection, action and learning. Since 2013, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the tragic history and long-standing effects of residential schools. 

Truth and Reconciliation Call-to-Action #80: We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.  

In a letter to the church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan Johnson encourages members to observe Thursday, September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. “I invite you to make this a day of quiet reflection, learning and/or participating in a community event, she said in the letter.”  Read the full letter HERE.

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Here are some ideas to work into your planning for Orange Shirt Day/National Day of Truth and Reconciliation:   

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