September 30th is now recognized as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday. Truth and Reconciliation Day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honours Indigenous survivors, and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process. This important day has its roots in Orange Shirt Day.
Orange Shirt Day served as recognition of the harm residential schools inflicted on children's sense of safety, wellbeing, and self-esteem as well as an acknowledgement of all survivors and victims of Residential Schools.
In June of 2021, the Federal Government passed legislation to make the 30th of September a federal statutory holiday and, in August of 2021, the Province of British Columbia marked September 30 as a day of commemoration marking Truth and Reconciliation Day.
Our offices will be closed on the 30th as our team works with an Elder to honour Indigenous survivors.