|The Cenotaph at the Prince Rupert Court House has served as|
the community focal point for the commemoration of the recent
discovery of the bodies and in solidarity of those who
attended Residential schools across Canada
This Thursday marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the day declared a Statutory Holiday by the Federal Government one year ago, set to take effect this year, with the focus one to be for Canadians to revisit the nations history and learn from it to work in partnership with Indigenous peoples on the path forward.
As part of their information relay in the lead up to Thursday, the Federal government has provided links to a range of resources for Canadians to review as part of the observation of the day,
A good portion of the focus on the path forward has come from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which delivered its final report to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in December of 2015, the Calls to Action forming a road map of sorts as to how the process should move forward, though many of the recommendations have still to be addressed by all levels of Government across the nation.
Provincially, the BC Government noted of the importance of this month and what Thursday will bring through it's own information release in early August, noting of how the statutory holiday will be shared by many provincial employees, with the government issuing it's own guidance towards the observation of the day.“Our government is calling on all of us who deliver services to the public to use this opportunity to consider what each of us can do as individuals to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and to recommit to understanding the truth of our shared history, to accept and learn from it and in doing so, help to create a better, more inclusive British Columbia.”
September 28 -- North Coast Regional District statement and resources page for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Items of Note on National and Provincial themes to the day can be reviewed from our Ottawa Observations feature of our political blog D'Arcy McGee.