National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

Written by: Joy Braga

Warning: The following article includes details of Canada’s Indian Residential School System. The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (24-hour, 7 days a week) is available to provide support for former students and those affected: 1-866-925-4419.

Recently in June, the House of Commons unanimously supported legislation to recognize September 30th as a federal statutory holiday called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This new holiday will be a paid day off for federal workers and employees in federally regulated workplaces. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation notably coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a day when we honour the Indigenous children who were sent away to residential schools in Canada.