Since it’s just around the corner, we thought you might like a refresher on the BC plan for Canada’s new national holiday this September. The new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will take place on September 30th of this year. And, here’s what you can expect to happen across the province.
Since it’s a statutory day, federal and federally-regulated (like crown corporations) workers will already receive the day off. However, BC has advised public employers across the province to honour the new day, and are planning to have most schools, post-secondary institutions (like SFU and UBC), and some health sector workplaces close down. Public services will still be available, but at reduced levels.
September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. UBC will be observing this day as a holiday — classes will be cancelled and university employees who are normally entitled to provincial and federal holidays will receive this day off. (1/2) https://t.co/3DzyvuS56g pic.twitter.com/UOmq1R9c5c
— University of British Columbia (@UBC) August 18, 2021
On Aug. 3rd, the BC Government formally recognized Sept. 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In recognition, #SFU will cancel all classes and suspend non-essential campus services on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021. Learn more via SFU News: https://t.co/VQZ6CdQCXh
— Simon Fraser University (@SFU) August 6, 2021
On the other hand, the province has started working with Indigenous leaders, organizations and communities to figure out the best and most respectful ways to honour the new day. Hopefully, we’ll have workshops, community talks, art exhibits, and more to look forward to. We’re keeping our eyes peeled for releases, don’t worry!
While a day off of work/school is nice, we sincerely hope that our readers use the opportunity to educate themselves on the history of Canada’s residential school system, and current issues faced by Indigenous communities across Canada. After all, we can only move forward when we understand what’s behind us, and even alongside us right now.
For more information on the BC plan for Canada’s new national holiday, which takes place September 30th, just click here.