The bill to create a day that commemorates Truth and Reconciliation has been given royal assent in the Senate with no objection. This means that Canada will have a day to observe and the tragedy of residential schools.
“In response to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and to commemorate the legacy of residential schools, we introduced legislation to make September 30th the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” Justin Trudeau tweeted late last night.
This day of reflection has been under consideration for sometime. Two dates had been proposed, they were National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) and Orange Shirt Day (September 30).
Orange Shirt day’s story is from Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a residential school student who had her orange shirt taken from her when she was six years old on her first day at residential school.
The bill makes September 30 a statutory holiday for employees in the federal government and federally regulated workplaces.
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said the objective is to create a chance for Canadians to commemorate survivors, their families and communities. The day is to learn and reflect on a dark chapter in their country’s history