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Newly designated as a federal statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours Residential School survivors, their families, and communities, and ensures that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Wearing an orange shirt on September 30 is a way to show respect for Indigenous communities, while encouraging difficult but necessary conversations about Canada's dark history pertaining to Indian Residential, Day and Industrial Schools, as well as the intergenerational impact it has had.

To help mark September 30, the DC community is encouraged to participate in a variety of events and initiatives to help foster understanding and a commitment to change.