How employers can support and facilitate the learning and commemoration of the residential schools legacy

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation takes place annually on September 30th. The day was established in 2021 to provide an opportunity to learn about, recognize, and commemorate the legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Truth & Reconciliation Day

September 30th (which historically has and continues to be known as Orange Shirt Day) is a statutory holiday for federally regulated employers, including Indigenous administrations, banks, public schools, universities, government, etc.

At this time, only Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories, and Prince Edward Island are formally recognizing the day as a statutory holiday for all provincially regulated employees and in Manitoba, government/public-sector employers are recognizing it.

While the day is not currently a statutory holiday in BC or other provinces, some private/non-profit organizations are choosing to recognize it as one, and many unions are working in consultation to have the day observed.

Additionally, In an effort to decolonize statutory holidays, some organizations are also allowing employees to exchange other statutory holidays for Truth & Reconciliation Day.

How to acknowledge Truth & Reconciliation Day

All in all, whether or not your organization is closing for September 30th, there are several ways that you can both acknowledge this day and encourage your employees to do so. These include:

Above all, as a team and individually, the Jouta team will recognize and honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We encourage you and your teams to acknowledge the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in a way that aligns with your organizational values and culture.