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Tofino (BC)/Canadian-Media: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in the observation of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 in Tofino, B.C. and later spent several hours on the phone speaking to survivors.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Image credit: Govt website
Sept. 30, 2021 was declared a federal statutory holiday this year and will be marked annually to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor the children who died while being forced to attend the church-run and government-funded residential schools, as well as the survivors and Indigenous communities impacted by the system's legacy.
More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were forced to attend schools between the 1870s and 1997.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 recommended in its 94 calls to action that the federal government establish the holiday "to honor survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process."