Yesterday, our government tabled legislation to create a new, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. When passed, this day of remembrance and commemoration would fall on September 30th. Our Minister of Heritage hopes to work with the provinces to develop historical and educational materials that could be presented in classrooms that remain in session each year on Sept. 30, to ensure that this day will be one of reflection and education for Canadians.
This new national day will honour survivors, their families, and communities. It will ensure the public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of the residential school systems remain integral to the journey of reconciliation. This will meet one of the TRC Calls to Action.
“Canada has a painful history that we must never forget. Establishing a day for this reflection allows us all to remember and to renew our commitment to healing, hope and reconciliation.”- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation