It’s been an intense week for Canada, to say the least. And while we usually avoid heavier stuff, it was good to see the federal government officially recognize a new national holiday. Starting this year, September 30th will be Canada’s ‘National Day for Truth and Reconciliation’.  As a statutory holiday, federal and federally-regulated workers can expect the same time off and benefits of other major holidays. The decision is “In response to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and to commemorate the legacy of residential schools”.

Considering it was first introduced back in September of last year, it’s fair to say that the sudden push to see it through is happening at a pretty convenient time. That being said this designation is a step in the right direction. Is it the only answer needed? We think no. But it is one way to ensure that the “tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten”. The new statutory holiday will focus on honouring survivors, their families, and their communities.

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Beyond this, the day will “ensure that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process”. This is sorely needed as many Canadians are not properly educated about residential schools and the harm done to Indigenous Peoples. That being said, we hope to see Canada also put as much effort into educating people about Indigenous culture and joy.

If you’d like to learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation you can click here. We’re happy to see this new holiday and a renewed effort in educating people about Canada’s history.