National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Call to Action number 80, the federal government has established September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. All federal government employees and federally regulated workplaces are given a statutory holiday on this day to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Our colleagues at PSAC-NCR have organized 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. Details of the event here:

We invite all AJC members to join us on Thursday morning on Parliament Hill starting at 9:00 a.m.

Please note that event organizers have asked the 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.

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to kindly review and reflect on the TRC Calls to Action ( on this first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please consider participating, in any way we can, to honour the Survivors of residential schools, mourn the children who never made it home, remember the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls (per Call to Action number 41) and work towards truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous and First Nations Peoples of this land, not just on the 30th of September but all around the year.

Please share this event with family, friends, and your coworkers!