Saskatchewan recognizing September 30 as Truth and Reconciliation Day

The Government of Saskatchewan is recognizing September 30, 2021, as the Day for Truth and Reconciliation in our province.

“With this proclamation, the provincial government reiterates its commitment to recall our past, working in partnership with the Indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan, and working together toward cultural and economic reconciliation,” Minister of First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs Don McMorris said. “I encourage all Saskatchewan residents no matter their heritage or creed, to take a moment for solemn reflection and discussion on the importance of meaningful and lasting reconciliation in our province.”

On September 30, all provincial government buildings in Saskatchewan, including the Provincial Legislature and Government House, will lower their flags to half-mast. In recognition of the proclamation, the Provincial Capital Commission will be turning certain park lights orange in key locations of Wascana Centre, notably at the Bandstand on the north shore, the Legislative Landing in front of the QEII Gardens and at the steps of the Provincial Legislature.

All residents, including public employees and students are encouraged to wear orange on September 30 to further generate discussion and raise awareness on the history of the residential school system in Canada.

Residential schools operated in Canada, including Saskatchewan, for more than a century. The federal government reports that 150,000 Indigenous children were removed and separated from their families and communities to attend these schools.

September 30 marks the first Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Saskatchewan. It is a day to honour the lost children, survivors and those affected by Canada’s residential school system.

The Day for Truth and Reconciliation was created in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #80, which called on the Federal Government to create a statutory holiday. While this call was not directed at the province, Saskatchewan is proceeding with this proclamation in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

Saskatchewan has fulfilled 28 of the 34 TRC Calls to Action that can be fulfilled provincially and is also fulfilling 15 Calls to Action that are not considered provincial jurisdiction.

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