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College statement for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Tomorrow (September 30, 2021) is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. It is also known as Orange Shirt Day an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day honouring children who survived residential schools, and remembering those who did not.

The College of Applied Biology encourages all registrants to take the time tomorrow to not only honour the day and the children so brutally impacted by residential schools, but also to consider how as individuals, community members and citizens we can make the changes necessary to achieve true reconciliation. The College office will be closed in observance of Truth and Reconciliation Day; College staff will be doing self-guided assignments that explore Indigenous culture and history.

“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”

-- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting virtual education sessions this week. Additionally, the College encourages registrants to explore any commemorative events that are occurring in their region.