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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was created in 2021 as a federal statutory holiday in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action # 80 which called for a day of commemoration.
We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The day serves to honour the Survivors of residential school and the children who never returned home, as well as their families and communities.
To learn more about the progress on the Calls to Action visit Indigenous Watchdog’s website or read Calls to Action Accountability: A 2022 Status Update on Reconciliation, a special report from the Yellowhead Institute.
For a full line up of events, please visit U of G’s Truth and Reconciliation webpage.