Queen Elizabeth sends message to Canadians on first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

0
176

Queen Elizabeth has sent a message to the people of Canada on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“I join with all Canadians on this first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to reflect on the painful history that Indigenous peoples endured in residential schools in Canada, and on the work that remains to heal and to continue to build an inclusive society,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement.

Prime Minister Trudeau also issued a statement, inviting everyone across the country to recognize and observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“It is a day to reflect on the painful and lasting impacts of residential schools in Canada, and to honour survivors, their families, and their communities. It is also a day to remember the many children who never returned home, and an opportunity for us all to learn more, and to affirm the need for reconciliation and commit ourselves to the work ahead,” Trudeau said.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was made a federal statutory holiday in June this year.

The creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in its its 94 Calls to Action, published in 2015.

It will be held annually on 30th of September to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

Advertisement

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here