In June 2021, the federal government of Canada passed legislation to observe the date of September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The date is intended to commemorate the history and reflect on the legacy of residential schools in Canada.
In their joint statement, Canada’s Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and Minister of Finance wrote “We share the grief, the pain and the outrage and understand that we have a painful but necessary road ahead of us to walk together, to right wrongs and to support Indigenous communities who are carrying this ongoing burden with strength, resilience and leadership. The need has never been greater to listen and to learn about B.C.’s colonial history and to seek truth, justice and reconciliation. As government, we have an important role in this process, and we know that non-Indigenous British Columbians throughout the province want to play an active part in this critical work.”
September 30 is a day “to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour those who were lost and the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve.” https://archive.news.gov.bc.ca/releases/news_releases_2020-2024/2021FIN0048-001531.htm
The Alexander College community shares and supports the quest for truth and reconciliation, and as a measure of support will observe September 30 annually as a non-instructional day. College campuses will be closed, and employees entitled to holiday pay will receive a paid day off. Events around this date will be planned to promote opportunities for teaching and learning about Canada’s colonial past and present need for truth, justice, and reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples.
Alexander College Administration