National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Each year, the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS) has recognized Orange Shirt Day on September 30 - a day to recognize the tragic history of loss and the lasting effects of Canada’s residential school system on Indigenous communities.
Beginning this year, September 30 will be called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a statutory holiday as recently passed by the federal government. This day seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors, their families and communities as a vital part of the Truth and Reconciliation process.
On September 30, 2021 CCAS will be closed to observe this National day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides us with an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools. It provides us with an opportunity to learn more about residential schools, the journey of Truth and Reconciliation - a day to spend in quiet reflection or to participate in a community event.
It will be an opportunity for all of us at CCAS to reflect on the impact child welfare has had on First Nation, Inuit and Métis families and how we can be an Ally and make a difference in our workplace, and in our communities to improve our services for Indigenous peoples.