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National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of this tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a crucial component of the reconciliation process.

Reconciliation is the responsibility of all Canadians. It means acknowledging the past and ensuring history never repeats itself by respecting Indigenous treaties and rights, and letting go of negative perceptions and stereotypes to work towards solidarity.

How to make change

  • Take a moment and reflect on how you can work towards reconciliation in your own life and create your own personal reconciliation plan.

  • Wear orange on September 30.

  • Attend a Truth & Reconciliation event in your community.

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