All Courts, City facilities and more in Mississauga will be closed on September 30

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Published September 17, 2021 at 2:12 pm

The City of Mississauga has announced, as part of its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, all city facilities will be closed on September 30 for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to ensure the day can be spent for reflection and education.

The new holiday, announced by the federal government, comes after the discoveries of hundreds of bodies buried on the grounds of residential schools across the country over the summer.

A day for education and reflection was number 80 of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

All City offices and facilities will be closed for the day, and classes and programs scheduled for September 30 will be canceled or rescheduled—affected residents will be notified in advance.

The Mississauga Provincial Offences Court Office will also be closed for the day. All matters scheduled for September 30 will be rescheduled, as will in-person screening appointments.

Those impacted will receive a notice in the mail at the address the court has on record.

MiWay buses will be observing their regular schedule, and the City’s 3-1-1 Citizen Call Centre will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additionally, the Civic Centre clock tower will be lit orange, and the screens at Celebration Square will be playing The Moccasin Identifier Project, 94 calls to action, calls to action undertaken by the City, steps the City has taken to complete the actions, and music and media showcasing Indigenous stories.

“This year has shown us more than ever the struggles that Indigenous Peoples have faced throughout our history. I am pleased that the federal government has taken steps to officially recognize a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation,” Mayor Bonnie Crombie said in a news release.

“As a City, we are encouraging residents to use this day to reflect on our nation’s past, educate themselves about Canada’s untold history and commit to true reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and their nations.”

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