National Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30th

Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Since 2013, September 30 has been commemorated as Orange Shirt Day across Canada in honour of the Survivors of Indian Residential Schools. Starting this year, September 30 will also now be designated as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The date was declared a statutory federal holiday with the passage of Bill C-5 in June of this year, in response to one of the 94 Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.

If you are looking for ways to show your support, below are a few ideas:
  • Support Indigenous Businesses
  • Wear an orange shirt
  • Give an Acknowledgement
  • Download, print and display an Every Child Matters heart in your window.
Locally, the public is invited to gather at the information kiosk at Evergreen Mall at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 30th. Event organizers are asking attendees to wear orange shirts and face masks of any colour. Attendees may also bring drums if they wish.
Organizers are also encouraging you to commit to at least one action. They invite you to complete this form on your device or print it out and write in your responses. Forms can be returned to Margaret at the event on September 30th or return by email ( or post (PO Box 812, Sooke, BC V9Z 1H8).

The District of Sooke Municipal Hall will be closed Thursday, September 30th as we observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day.


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