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City of Brampton to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day September 30


​BRAMPTON, ON (September 13, 2022) – Residents are invited to join the City of Brampton in recognizing Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Friday, September 30, 2022.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation seeks to understand the impact and intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and nations, and to honour the First Nations, Inuit and Métis lives who were lost and the survivors, their families and communities who have been affected by this injustice. All City facilities will be closed and Transit services will operate on a regular weekday schedule, encouraging all employees and residents to participate in the opportunity to reflect, observe and take part in City and community activities.

The City will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day through raising the Every Child Matters flag from September 26 to 30 for Truth and Reconciliation Week, and the City will proclaim September 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On September 30, flags at City Hall will be lowered to half-mast.

Residents are invited to join the City of Brampton at the Rose Theatre on September 30 for an evening of commemoration and conversation to remember, reflect and commit to truth and reconciliation. A candlelight vigil will begin at 5 pm and Indigenous learning featuring remarks by Chief Laforme and a keynote speech by Jody Wilson-Raybould will begin at 7 pm.  For more information and to secure your free ticket to attend, visit www.brampton.ca/events.  

The City of Brampton also invites community groups and leaders to submit their September 30 programming events to Brampton’s Events Calendar.

About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In June 2021, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 to establish a new public holiday for federally regulated employers called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

This new holiday is action number 80 from the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The day seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis lives that were lost, survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that a public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Links
• City of Brampton Festivals and Events
• City of Brampton – Events Calendar
• Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
• Government of Canada – Bill C-5 (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)
• National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
• Orange Shirt Day

Quotes

“As we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day on September 30, the City of Brampton recommits to undertaking meaningful action that moves us towards greater accountability and towards achieving Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and their nations. Our City, community, and country have continued work to do to understand the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused Indigenous families and communities. I encourage everyone to take part in programming on September 30, and to reflect, remember, and honour the First Nations, Inuit and Métis lives who were lost and the survivors, their families and communities who have been affected by these injustices.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“The City of Brampton continues to take steps to reflect and recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation through a formal day of observance to support Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Communities. Our team is committed to providing opportunities for employees, residents and community members to access programming and resources to meaningfully reflect and observe on this important day.”
- Paul Morrison, Interim Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton

“As a City and a community, everyone plays an important role in building a more inclusive, equitable and compassionate society for all. I encourage residents across Brampton to take part in City and community programming on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to seek to understand the intergenerational harm residential schools have caused Indigenous families and nations across Canada. Through engaged dialogue and reflection on September 30, we can move forward in building relationships that are founded on mutual respect, trust, and recognition of our responsibility of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.”
- Michele Byrne, Manager, Equity Office, City of Brampton

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