National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Take Time to Reflect and Learn

All Surrey Libraries branches are closed on September 30. We invite you to join us in starting or continuing your learning journey by exploring the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

On July 7, 2021 the Federal Government declared September 30 as a new statutory holiday for federal employees called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, all residents of Canada are invited to reflect on our history, especially the dark legacy of residential schools, and think of what we can do better moving forward.

Orange Shirt Day

September 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day, and aims to honour the resilience and bravery of Indian residential school survivors and their families, and remember those who didn't make it home. It is also an opportunity for Indigenous governments, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.

Orange Shirt day was inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad. Learn more about Phyllis on the Orange Shirt Day website, or check out Phyllis’ books.

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More ways to recognize and commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Participate in a community event
  • Wear an orange shirt or ribbon
  • Discover Indigenous-made films in the National Film Board’s online collection
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