In June 2021, the federal government voted to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday, as a direct response to Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The City will be closed on September 30. Staff may take time to deepen their understanding of the intergenerational trauma caused by Residential Schools and how they can advance Reconciliation in their communities.
A day of remembrance
To honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021, Mayor Kennedy Stewart issued a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Vancouver, declaring September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Proclamation, marking this first significant day of remembrance, was presented by Deputy Mayor Bligh to Phyllis Webstad, residential school survivor and founder of the Orange Shirt Day movement.
The 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action final report PDF file (299 KB) listed 94 recommendations to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Of those, 27 have been identified as actionable areas for the City. View these 27 calls to action here PDF file (204 KB).
For a comprehensive look at our most recent Reconciliation actions, read our Reconciliation report PDF file (439 KB).
Aligning our work
The calls to action that align with our work can be summarized under the following three themes: