In June 2021, the Government of Canada announced September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day calls on all Canadians to remember the history of Residential Schools, and the ongoing impacts of its legacy on Indigenous Peoples. It also honours the lost children and Survivors, their families, and communities.
September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day.
Hands will be open on September 30, 2021. Employees will honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with learning and personal reflection. Hands has also partnered with Canadore College’s First Peoples’ Centre, who is hosting a ceremony to commemorate the day, at their College Drive, North Bay Campus.
- The CBC has provided Five Suggestions for things to do on Truth and Reconciliation Day, and will be broadcasting stories throughout the day sharing First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences
- The Ontario Native Woman’s Association is hosting an online event to observe Orange Shirt Day on September 30, from 6 to 8 pm
- Visit the Orange Shirt Day website to learn about the Origins of Orange Shirt Day
- Learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
- Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Canadore College and the Harris Learning Library have shared a curated list of readings
- The Residential Schools Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
Available 24 hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience
- The 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line for Children and Youth: 1-844-287-9072
Available to all children, youth and families in Muskoka, Nipissing and Parry Sound