Truth and Reconciliation

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. The City of North Vancouver is committed to reconciliation with these Nations, who have lived on these lands since time immemorial.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

As of 2021, September 30th will be marked as a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process, which provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families, and communities.

At the City, we humbly acknowledge that our commitment to reconciliation is growing and evolving. Through meaningful engagement and education, we advocate for greater diversity and inclusion and strive to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action in the workplace. The City is currently working on an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion action plan, and is also providing internal education and training related to truth and reconciliation to City staff members.

The City is committed to advancing reconciliation within our community, and we encourage everyone to use September 30th as a day to honour residential school survivors and recognize the intergenerational impacts colonization has on local and urban Indigenous populations. To participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we recommend engaging with the resources in the side bar to educate yourself, friends and family members.

 

How the City is Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

eagle artThis year the City of North Vancouver will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time. On September 8, 2021, Council officially declared September 30, 2021 a day of public commemoration and reflection on the legacy of residential schools. The truth and impact of residential schools is personally known and experienced by Indigenous persons here within our City, in the broader region, and across Canada.

Since the City will observe Thursday, September 30, 2021 as a statutory holiday and public day of commemoration, many services will be closed for the day. However, as many of our staff deliver services to the public on a 24/7 basis, these services will continue to be delivered, operating in the manner that we would on any statutory holiday.

 


Important Dates

  • May 5 – National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
  • June 21 – National Day of Indigenous Peoples
  • September 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation / Orange Shirt Day
Helpline
The National Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24/7 for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of residential school experiences: 1-866-925-4419.
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