Truth and Reconciliation Day 2023: Here’s how to observe the statutory holiday in Metro Vancouver
Pictured left: Several hundred people took part in a march to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in North Vancouver on Sept. 30, 2022. Photo by Jason Payne
Here are some of the ways Metro Vancouver residents can reflect on the day to honour Indigenous survivors of residential schools
Saturday, Sept. 30, is Truth and Reconciliation Day in B.C., although many businesses and schools will take the statutory holiday on Monday.
The holiday is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action No. 80, which called on the federal government to establish a day to honour survivors, their families and communities.
B.C. made it a paid statutory holiday earlier this year, following the federal government’s decision in 2021 to declare Sept. 30 a national truth and reconciliation holiday for its workers.
Here are some events happening in Metro Vancouver. And, a good way to honour the Indigenous survivors and their families is to turn up in an orange shirt.
Indigenous artist James Harry discusses his newest project with SOS Children’s Village B.C. at 1174 Welch St. on Sept. 30. from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Harry is of Squamish (Swxwú7meshḵ) and European descent and is the recipient of the 2022 Griffin Art Projects Indigenous Studio Award. There will also be a Q-and-A led by Indigenous curatorial assistant Emmett Hanly.
Join the Semiahmoo First Nation’s 3rd Annual Walk for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, beginning near Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza and ending at Semiahmoo Park. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will be youth speakers, Semiahmoo First Nation youth dancers, and a performance by “M’Girl,” an Indigenous women’s harmonizer and drum group. Folks can enjoy the complimentary chili and bannock, with plenty of activities for children.
Parking is free at the Semiahmoo parking lot located east of Semiahmoo Park. Organizers will hand out free orange shirts for the first 100 youth at Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Plaza.
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