September 21, 2021
The public and registrants can expect reduced levels of service on Thursday, Sept. 30, which has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In keeping with the spirit of this day, CDSBC staff have been invited to take time away from work to attend events and educational opportunities that build their understanding of the legacy of residential schools and inspire action that advances reconciliation and promotes cultural safety and humility.
“The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 80 not only called for the establishment of a statutory holiday, but it is also an invitation to Indigenous Peoples and all Canadians to continue to reflect on the legacy and true history of residential schools. This day is set aside to honour all the children who survived residential schools as well as those that did not return. We invite everyone across the country to mark September 30 — Orange Shirt Day — by wearing orange and 'lighting up' our communities orange."
—Stephanie Scott, Executive Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.