The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was created to give everyone an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools, and commit to working for truth and reconciliation in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
The creation of a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation was one of the 94 recommendations in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, released in June 2015. The day itself was officially created as a federal statutory holiday on June 3, 2021 when Bill C-5 was passed by both Houses of Parliament.
On September 30, 2021, all Evergreen Catholic Division schools and offices will be closed as we recognize the trauma of the legacy of residential schools in Canada, and honour those who suffered and died, as well as the survivors, and their families. We keep them in our hearts and prayers, on this day and always.
This school year, Orange Shirt Day will be observed on the days leading up to September 30, 2021. Our Division Indigenous Education Coach in collaboration with our Indigenous Education Lead Teachers in each of our schools are working together to develop and share resources for teachers to use leading up to the day, enabling school-based staff to work with students to raise awareness and continue building foundational knowledge.
The Board of Trustees approved the addition of a non-operational day on September 30 to our school calendars at the Monday September 13, 2021 Board Meeting. Please refer to the attached calendars to see how we have facilitated this change, in each of our communities.
We would also like to recognize and thank parents and staff for your feedback and opinions. Your support, encouragement, and comments are greatly appreciated. God Bless.