The CCRD Board has resolved to recognize September 30, 2021, as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. CCRD is committed to providing its employees the time to honor and reflect on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis survivors, their families, and communities and to provide an opportunity to take part in public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools.
September 30 coincides with Orange Shirt Day which honors the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a former residential school student who had her orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school. The orange shirt has become a symbol of remembrance of all Indigenous children who were removed from their families to attend residential schools.
CCRD offices will be closed to the public on Thursday, September 30. All Essential services will continue to operate as scheduled. CCRD further recognizes reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day.