September 30, 2021 – First Ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This day is intended to honour all of those who were, and continue to be, affected by the horrors of residential schools, including the lost children, the survivors, as well as their families and communities.
This year, Indigenous peoples across Canada have demonstrated their resilient spirit despite the continued discoveries of mass graves at former residential school sites. It is crucial to recognize their strength and courage as they continue to deal with hardships and struggles related to the legacy of residential schools and colonialism every day.
One of the key components of reconciliation is the acknowledgement of truth. As more horrors of the residential school legacy are revealed, it is crucial that all Canadians recognize the significance of this issue, and its continued impact on Indigenous peoples and their communities.
Many cities are hosting both in-person, as well as virtual events in recognition of this important day and issue.
Falconers LLP is honoured to work with our Indigenous clients, and to continue to learn about the generational impacts of residential schools, recognizing the role of the legal profession in these terrible atrocities, and working towards reconciliation with the Indigenous people of Canada.