September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, the federal government passed legislation in June recognizing September 30, 2021, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
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. (80th call to action, p. 13)
The BC Government has since advised all public sector employers to recognize September 30 as a holiday and has begun engaging with Indigenous partners and the business and labour communities to determine the most appropriate way to commemorate this day as we move forward.
As an independent school, the Vancouver Waldorf School is not the public sector; however, we have elected to join public schools across the province in closing on September 30, 2021, to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Click here to view our adjusted 2021/2022 School Calendar.
We would like to encourage all community members to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. More details regarding how we will mark this day will follow, including observing Orange Shirt Day, which also takes place on September 30.