Provincial Government Observing a Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 25, 2023
September 30 is being observed as a Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Newfoundland and Labrador to honour survivors and raise awareness about the terrible legacy of residential schools in Canada, including this province.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are encouraged to take the time to learn about residential schools and reflect on the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples. Many Indigenous Governments and Organization are planning ceremonies and events to commemorate this day.
September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day. The significance of wearing orange honours the children who attended residential schools and recognizes the traumatic experience of Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away from her on the first day she attended a residential school.
Confederation Building will be lit in orange on the evening of September 30 to commemorate all those affected by residential schools. Flags at all provincial buildings will be flown at half-mast in memory of the children who never returned home. The Survivor’s Flag for the Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be flown on the courtesy pole at Confederation Building.
The observance of a day dedicated to honouring the survivors, families and communities who were deeply impacted by residential schools, and children and youth who did not return home, was a Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In keeping with the spirit and intent of the Call to Action, governments across the country are observing this day.
“A Day for Truth and Reconciliation places responsibility on all of us to remember and honour the survivors, families and communities of the residential school system. As they carry the burden of the painful memories, we as individuals and society must educate ourselves about this dark past and resolve to stand as one to ensure these tragedies never happen again.”
Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation
Orange Shirt Day
Indigenous Governments and Organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador
Federal Government Statutory Holiday