Brampton recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation; city facilities will close Sept. 30


Published September 20, 2021 at 10:22 am

Memorials sprung up across the country following the discovery of hundreds of Indigenous children at mass burial sites.

The city of Brampton has decided to fully recognize Canada’s first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30.

All City facilities will be closed, encouraging employees and residents to participate in the opportunity to reflect, observe and take part in City and community activities. Transit services, however, will operate on its normal weekday schedule.

“As we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, the City of Brampton recommits to undertaking meaningful action that moves us towards greater accountability and towards achieving truth and reconciliation with indigenous peoples and their communities,” said mayor Patrick Brown.

“The horrific discoveries found on former residential school sites earlier this year have served as a stark reminder of the important work we have left to do as a city, a community and as a country. I encourage everyone to take part in the City and Community-led programming on Sept. 30 to reflect and to remember.”

The City will raise the Every Child Matters flag for Truth and Reconciliation Week from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. On Sept. 30, flags at city hall will be lowered to half-mast and the Brampton city hall clock tower will be lit orange.

To help promote continued learning, the City will make available a website with trusted and accessible resources for employees and the public.

Community groups and leaders are invited to submit their Sept. 30 programming events to Brampton’s events calendar.

“As a City and a community, we all play an important role in building a society that is more compassionate, inclusive and equitable,” said Michele Byrne, manager of the city’s equity office.

“I encourage everyone to participate in the series of events and programming, respect the history of the indigenous communities in Canada, and seek opportunities for reflection on Sept. 30.”

About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June 2021, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 to establish a new public holiday for federally regulated employers called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This new holiday is action number 80 from the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The day seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that a public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

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