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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 2021

Canada’s inaugural observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the painful truths of Canada’s treatment of Indigenous peoples, the lives that were lost or forever scarred in residential schools, and the lingering intergenerational trauma for survivors and their communities.

However, this is more than a day for reflection. It is also a day to listen to the stories of survivors and their families, and to fully absorb what those stories tell us about the history of this country and how we can all work together to make it stronger and more just.

True reconciliation is one of Canada’s most vital national endeavours. As Ontario’s teaching regulator, our ongoing commitment to this work is rooted in principles of anti-oppression, equality, and inclusion that are infused into how we shape and provide for initial and continuing teacher education programs, as well as our advice to members on professional practice and educational leadership.

The establishment of this statutory holiday can be found among the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 calls to action. We encourage all Canadians to take today as an opportunity to re-familiarize themselves with each of them and join us in supporting the collective work required to further their implementation in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect.

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