National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Township of Tyendinaga will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Also referred to as “Orange Shirt Day,” this day provides all Canadians an opportunity to recognize, remember and reflect on the tragic history and legacy of residential schools and the continued impacts on Indigenous peoples.
Earlier this year the federal government passed legislation designating September 30 a federal statutory holiday to recognize the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada. The holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80 – to honour survivors, their families, and communities.
Recognizing and Reflecting
It is our hope that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will present an opportunity for Tyendinaga staff and others in the community to remember and recognize the legacy of residential schools through quiet reflection, engaged learning, and participation in community events.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Wear an orange shirt in honour of the Every Child Matters movement
- Read about the history of residential schools in Canada from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Learn about the story of Chanie Wenjack as told in the “Secret Path” by Gord Downie
- Watch the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” broadcast produced by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, on Sept 30 at 8pm