City Confirms the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a Municipal Holiday
The City of Fredericton has officially confirmed it will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. To mark the importance of the day the City will permanently raise the flag of the Wolostoqiyik people outside City Hall and close non-essential services.
“The City of Fredericton is committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous Peoples. We feel strongly that honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is the right thing to do,” said Mayor Kate Rogers.
The Government of Canada recently passed the legislation marking September 30 as a day to recognize and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools as part of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.
In recognition of the day City Hall and all other administrative offices will be closed. Public Safety and Recreation services will operate, and Fredericton transit will follow its regular schedule. Garbage and recycling collection will also occur. Although the City’s Recreation facilities will remain open, user groups with scheduled activities are being encouraged to observe and learn about the holiday in their own way.
The City will also hold a flag raising ceremony on September 30th that will see the Wolastoqey Flag fly permanently in front of City Hall as well as on display in the City Council Chamber. City Hall will be lit in orange from September 27 to October 1 for the event.
September 30 is also recognized across Canada as Orange Shirt Day. The date was chosen due to the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools. The City will be providing all staff and Council with orange “Every Child Matters” T-shirts and encourages everyone to wear them in a show of support and acknowledgment. City staff who are on duty and in uniforms will be provided with an Orange Ribbon that can be worn instead.
“I encourage everyone in Fredericton to take the time on September 30th to listen and learn from Indigenous elders, leaders, storytellers and community members and to honour those impacted by the dark and painful legacy of residential schools,” added Mayor Rogers.