National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(North Cowichan, BC) – The Municipality of North Cowichan is recognizing the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The creation of this new statutory holiday is Action #80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action which are intended to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. Municipal buildings, facilities, and services are closed for the day (with the exception of curbside collection) and flags flown at half-mast at municipal hall and recreation facilities.

“This important day is a way to acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “I encourage everyone to learn about the history of the residential school system, and hold space to honour the survivors as we seek truth and reconciliation.”

On September 30 at 9:30 a.m., Cowichan Tribes is hosting a walk in honour of the children that did not come home from residential schools. The walk will start at Vancouver Island University, and will end at the Cowichan Tribes soccer fields where people can gather, sing and share stories. Everyone is invited to participate.

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Media Contact:         
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117