September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory holiday to recognize the tragic loss and the lasting effects of Canada’s history and the residential school system.
The statutory holiday, officially recognized nationally as of 2022, responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action number 80, which called for the federal government, in collaboration with Indigenous people in Canada, to establish a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
September 30 will be a day to honour survivors and their families, their culture, languages and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of Residential Schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The West Vancouver Memorial Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to share resources with the aim of facilitating the reflection, education, and awareness that is called for on this day.
The following facilities will be closed to the public on Saturday, September 30, 2023:
- Gleneagles Community Centre
- Seniors’ Activity Centre
- West Vancouver Art Museum
The West Vancouver Community Centre will be open on September 30 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The District of West Vancouver will raise a flag on Friday, September 29, at 1 p.m. to remember those lost within Indigenous communities. Municipal Hall will be closed to the public on Monday, October 2.
September 30 is an important day to stand in unity with Indigenous people across Canada, and we encourage you to wear an orange shirt to show your support.