National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation takes place this year, September 30, and honours Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. It establishes a formal public commemoration of the tragic, painful and ongoing history of residential schools that will remain a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Residential schools were part of a colonial assimilation policy that removed Indigenous children from their communities. The mistreatment of Indigenous children at residential schools is a tragedy whose impacts are still felt today. It is part of our collective duty to educate ourselves on the lasting negative impacts residential schools have left on generations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is in direct response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 80, which asked the Government of Canada to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the Survivors of residential schools.

The Defence Team and Indigenous Peoples

The Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces are committed to the Government of Canada’s focus on reconciliation. The Defence Team values Indigenous Peoples and their diverse cultures, and recognizes their rich history. Indigenous people have made significant contributions in service to Canada and continue to do so to this day.

The Commander of the Canadian Army has the honour of holding the role of Defence Team Champion for Indigenous people. In this role, the Champion leads by example in fostering an inclusive work environment for all, where dignity, respect and fairness are embraced and valued.

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