Day of Truth and Reconciliation - Sept. 30 ,2021

Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Posted on 09/29/2021

As a school community, we recognize the importance of engaging in learning activities to raise awareness and understanding of the devastating impact of Canada’s residential school system. This is a vital part of our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.

Since 2013, Orange Shirt Day has been observed on September 30th to honour the lives and experiences of Indigenous children who endured the residential school system in Canada. Last spring, the federal government enacted legislation recognizing September 30th as a federal statutory holiday commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This action was in response to Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action #80.

We encourage you to review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (Youth friendly language outlines the 94 calls to action). 

Visit the OCDSB National Truth and Reconciliation Day webpage to learn more about:

  • How the OCDSB is marking this day

  • Actions parents and students can take

  • Community and mental health resources for Indigenous students and families

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