How employers can support and facilitate learning about the inter-generational impacts of residential schools

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.

September 30th (which, historically, has and continues to be known as Orange Shirt Day) is a statutory holiday for federally regulated employers within Canada, including Indigenous administrations, banks, public schools, universities, government, etc. At the provincial level, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and the Yukon formally recognize the day as a statutory holiday for all employees. At this point, no other provinces have declared the day as a statutory holiday; however, the choice is up to individual employers to recognize it and many unions have worked/are working in consultation to have the day observed.

As September 30th falls on a Saturday this year, most ‘Monday to Friday’ workplaces will recognize the statutory holiday on Monday, October 2nd.  

Whether or not your organization is closing for Truth & Reconciliation Day, there are several ways that you can both acknowledge it (on September 30th and beyond) and encourage your employees to do so. These include:

Based in BC and with consultants in/operating across Canada, the Jouta office will be closed on Monday, October 2nd in recognition and honour of 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.