National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada in 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada in 2021

  How long until National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  Dates of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
2023 Canada Sat, Sep 30 Government Holiday
2022 Canada Fri, Sep 30 Government Holiday
2021 Canada Thu, Sep 30 Government Holiday
  Summary

A statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.

When is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces in Canada on September 30th.

The day is intended to educate and remind Canadians about the history of residential schools, honour the victims and celebrate the survivors.

About the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June 2021, a bill creating a statutory holiday to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada received royal assent after passing unanimously in the Senate.

The bill creates a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces.

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault says the objective is to create a chance for Canadians to learn about and reflect on a dark chapter in their country’s history and to commemorate the survivors, their families and their communities, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous leaders.

Over the course of more than 100 years, some 150,000 Indigenous children were ripped from their families and forced to attend church-run residential schools, where many suffered physical and sexual abuse, malnutrition and neglect. More than 4,000 are believed to have died.

Orange Shirt Day

The date of September 30th is to mark Orange Shirt Day, an unofficial day that has been observed since 2013 in memory of a piece of clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.

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