Thursday, September 30, 2021, marks the first time the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday. This day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which has been recognized since 2013 to honour Indigenous children forced to attend residential schools in Canada. The day is also a provincial holiday in Nova Scotia, PEI, and Manitoba.
Dalhousie, MSVU and SMU will all be closed on Thursday, and no classes will be held.
Events and Activities
There are a variety of events this week, both online and in-person, that provide opportunities for “sombre reflection,” to acknowledge and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, and to further commit ourselves to undertaking the work of reconciliation.
- September 27-29, 2021 @ 6-8 pm: Prepare for the Day for Truth and Reconciliation (virtual series hosted by Dalhousie).
- September 28, 2021 @ 7 pm: Truth and Reconciliation: Conversations for CUPE members (webinar hosted by the CUPE Human Rights Branch)
- September 29, 2021 @3 pm: Walk in Solidarity for Reconciliation (member of SMU community).
- September 30-October 1, 2021 @10 am-3 pm: Weekend of Reconciliation on the Halifax Waterfront (hosted by the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre).
- The Friendship Centre also has orange shirts for sale.
Establishing a federal holiday “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” was proposed in 2015 as the 80th call to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.