On September 30th, Prairieland Park will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Although still an unofficial day in the Province of Saskatchewan, Prairieland will be treating the day as a Statutory Holiday going forward, for its 250 regular full-time and part-time staff.
The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation stated the day is ‘ideally set aside to honour the children who survived residential schools, as well as, honour and recognize those who did not return’*.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to Call to Action 80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, which reads:
80. We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 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.
Prairieland is encouraging staff to use the day to take-in events and programming that educate, recognize or commemorate the survivors, the history and the calls to action to support community healing.
*quote from Brenda Gunn, academic and research director at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation in a Sept 18th article published by CTV National News.
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