In June, the federal government passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is marked to commemorate the legacy of residential schools and the profound impact they’ve had on generations of Indigenous Canadians.
“This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.”Government of Canada website
While this day is a paid holiday for employees of the federal government, it is not yet recognized as a statutory holiday at the provincial level. The Parkinson Association of Alberta has chosen to demonstrate our support of Canada’s indigenous peoples by marking the day as a paid holiday for its employees. With the support of our Board of Directors, our leadership team has encouraged and provided opportunities for our staff to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools. We invite our community to start or continue your learning.