National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30, will be recognized by the City of Regina as a statutory holiday.
“We recognize the importance of officially honoring September 30, in commitment to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action,” said Chris Holden, City Manager. “Our organization is committed to seeking guidance from Indigenous peoples on actions that will ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.”
Regina is located on Treaty 4 land, an area rich in Indigenous history and the heartland of the Metis in Canada. This year’s observance of September 30 will be particularly important given the proximity to the discovery of unmarked graves in our neighbouring community of Cowessess First Nation. Remembering those who never made it home and honouring the survivors who are our friends, neighbours and fellow citizens will help our journey forward.
September 30 will become a designated paid holiday for all City employees. City employees and their families are encouraged to embrace the significance of the day to honour Indigenous peoples and reflect on acts of reconciliation.
The City will strive to find a balance of supporting the community to meet the intention set by the Government of Canada while limiting service interruptions for City services. A comprehensive facility and service schedule will be shared and posted to Regina.ca prior to September 30.
Truth & Reconciliation Call to Action #80: We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal Peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.