National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022
Let's take the time to learn about residential schools and the lasting damage they have caused generations of Indigenous families, as we continue on the path toward reconciliation.
September 30 was established as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021, advancing Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to ensure public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools, and to honour survivors, as well as their families and communities.
This year, Senator Marc Gold, the Government Representative in the Senate, attended the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony at LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa.
Senator Gold also attended the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Dr. PH Bryce, who published a report as chief medical officer in the early 1900s on the poor sanitation and alarming death rate among children attending residential schools.
On September 29, the Senate adopted Senator Mary Jane McCallum’s motion to apologize unreservedly for Canada’s role in the establishment of the residential school system and acknowledge that racism was a cornerstone in its creation.