National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Date posted: September 27, 2021

This past June the federal government passed legislation to mark September 30 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity for all of us to recognize and honour the survivors, their families, and communities and to commemorate the legacy of residential schools.

In recognition of the day, we will be closed. Some will use the day for quiet reflection, while others will be participating in community events like Orange Shirt Day.

We encourage everyone to learn about and discuss the history of residential schools in Canada. It can be a difficult subject to engage with, but it is a vital step in our journey together towards reconciliation.

Our thanks to Carey Newman for permission to use his artwork.

The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.

Support is available for anyone affected by the lingering effects of residential schools, and those who are triggered by the latest reports. The IRSSS can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.

A national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former students and those affected. Access emotional and crisis referral services by calling the 24-hour national crisis line: 1-866-925-4419.

Within B.C., the KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides a First Nations and Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717 or online at kuu-uscrisisline.com.