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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; a day of reflection, remembrance and acknowledgment to honour the lives lost, the Survivors and those forever impacted by the residential school system in Canada and fostering a commitment to truth, understanding and reconciliation.

BCFSC stands in solidarity, actively engaging in learning, commemorating and observing this significant day. We are dedicated to nurturing our relationships and strengthening our bonds by working collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across BC as we progress through our shared journey of reconciliation and partnership.

Get involved

There are many ways to engage and observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

  • Support – Wear orange: The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are uniquely intertwined. Inspired by the “Orange Shirt Day” movement, wearing orange is a symbol of solidarity with survivors of the residential school system which began as a way to remember the experiences of a survivor named Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and continues to be a leading force in reconciliation efforts today.

 You can purchase an orange shirt or a beaded lapel pin from the official Orange Shirt Society. There are also a variety of teaching resources and educational videos available on their website.

Consider volunteering, donating or creating a program in your community. Find out how you can get involved by visiting Reconciliation Canada

  • Engage – Attend a local in-person or virtual event: Many BC communities will be hosting events to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Check out your local community event website for information on what’s happening near you.

No matter how you choose to observe the day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation serves as a reminder that the work of reconciliation is ongoing. We can all contribute toward a better future by acknowledging this tragic part of Canadian history — and its ongoing impact in our communities by using this day to focus on education, reflection and listening.

How to use this tool

  • The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Crew Talk can be used to help inform workers of the significance of this day and provide valuable information and resources on how they can engage, observe and contribute to the dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and to help them understand the impacts, opportunities and mitigation measures needed to help us all work towards a healing journey.

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  • Share the crew talk with workers during a tailgate meeting and open a dialogue and conversation.
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