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September 30, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


The federal government recently passed legislation to mark September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to recognize and commemorate the unjust and traumatic legacy of the Indian residential schools system.

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2008 to reveal, preserve, and document the history and lasting impacts of the residential school system on Indigenous students, families, and communities. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the commission's outcomes contained in the Calls to Action to facilitate reconciliation.

With honour and  reverence, Holland College will observe this historic day of recognition. Classes will be cancelled and all college employees who are entitled to designated holidays will receive the day off. We encourage the college community to honor this day by reflecting and learning about these significant events in Canada’s history and for its future.

The college is in the process of formalizing equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives to inform and educate the college community, and to ensure diverse voices have their right of speech. To learn about the history of residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's mandate, findings, and outcomes, please take a look at the following documentaries and resources.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

TRC Calls to Action (PDF 298KB)

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Residential Schools (National Film Board of Canada)

Residential Schools (videos)

48 books by Indigenous writers to read to understand residential schools | CBC Books

Reclaiming Power and Place  (National Inquiry Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)