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National Day For Truth And Reconciliation
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Earlier this year, the federal government passed legislation to mark September 30, 2021 as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The Children’s Museum believes Every Child Matters
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools – the impacts of which are still being felt in communities across Canada. The ongoing recovery of mass gravesites near the locations of former residential schools has been a grim reminder of this legacy. As a member of the City of Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord, the Children’s Museum Board of Directors and staff stand with Indigenous communities as they grieve, and we wish to honour Survivors and the children who never made it home.
The Children’s Museum will observe the day and will be CLOSED to the public on September 30, 2021 to support staff and volunteers in their journey of education and reflection.
We encourage all members of our community to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We believe that education is key to learning about Indigenous history and residential school experiences, and suggest engaging in community events, reflecting through educational experiences, and/or promoting awareness by wearing an orange shirt on this important day.