National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday that came from one of the 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. For the past few years, it’s also been commemorated as Orange Shirt Day.

All federal public service workers and many workers in federally regulated sectors have the day off to provide an opportunity “to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.”

Let’s make sure to kick off the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by bringing ourselves to the task and showing up, in whichever ways we can, to honour the survivors of residential schools, mourn the children who never made it home, and work towards truth and reconciliation not just this day but around the year.

PSAC-NCR is organizing a delegation to attend a ceremony at Parliament Hill, followed by a Spirit Walk to Confederation Park where there will be presentations, music, art, and more.

We will meet up in the parking lot of PSAC (233 Gilmour) at 8:30 a.m. and depart at 8:45 a.m. to walk together to Parliament Hill for 9:00 a.m. RSVP to the Facebook event here, and be sure to share the event with your coworkers.



We will also have a limited supply of orange shirts to give out in the parking lot so arrive early for a shirt! Limited parking space will be available. There are parking lots and street parking nearby.  We will also be able to provide transport by taxi to Parliament Hill for anyone with mobility concerns from the shirt pick up area.

Event organizers have asked attendees to practice social distancing. Mask-wearing is mandatory and vaccinations are recommended in order to protect the safety of Elders and residential school survivors in attendance.

Don’t forget to dress for the weather and bring a water bottle!

Could you help promote this event? As it’s the first-ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation I feel like it’s important that PSAC members participate and engage with the issues to help start a tradition and set the tone for this new calendar day. Share this video on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, email FlookC@psac-afpc.com with your name and cell phone number. Event organizers are looking for helpers to tidy up Parliament Hill and Confederation Park 4pm onwards.

If you are unable to attend the delegation but want to engage in some quiet reflection and self-directed learning that day, you can find a collection of learning resources on Truth and Reconciliation at PSAC’s National Education page available here.

OTHER WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Call to Action 57 and 92

If you work in the federal public service or a federally regulated workplace, another action you can take is to call upon your employer to meet Call to Action 57:

“We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”

Ask your employer when they expect to be able to implement and offer this training. Send them an email or raise it in a staff meeting and let us know what they say.

If you work in the private sector, you can call upon your employer to meet Call to Action 92, iii:

“iii. Provide education for management and staff on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal–Crown relations. This will require skills based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.”
 


Indigenous Action Circle chair hosts special episode of Bear Necessities

Tune in to CKCU 93.1 FM Tuesday September 28 at 5pm for a special Orange Shirt Day episode of Bear Necessities to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Hosted by Les Maiczan, chair of the PSAC-NCR Indigenous Action Circle! Share this on Facebook and Twitter

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