Mayor's statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021
Mayor Lori Ackerman has released the following statement:
“Today, September 30, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, originally proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as one of the 94 Calls to Action. Formerly known as Orange Shirt Day, this national day is intended for all Canadians to create meaningful conversations about the effects of residential schools and to uphold our commitment to reconciliation.
“This is a day for all Canadians to honour the Survivors of residential schools and to acknowledge the pain that they, and their families, have carried for generations. Further, we need to acknowledge that it's going to take generations to heal from the trauma and effects of residential schools, but we must come together, in meaningful ways, to continue building a future based on relationships and mutual respect.
“The City of Fort St. John encourages all residents to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation through personal reflection, education and awareness activities, or by participating in the Honouring the Survivors event hosted by the Treaty 8 Tribal Association at Centennial Park between 11 am and 3:30 pm today.”
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society (www.irsss.ca)
- National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation (www.nctr.ca)
- Orange Shirt Day (www.orangeshirtday.org)
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action (www.nctr.ca/records/reports)