2021. Toronto Zoo. The First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Thursday, September 30, 2021 10:34:00 PM

Toronto Zoo in partnership with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Toronto Zoo in partnership with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto is commemorating the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

City of Toronto Mayor John Tory proclaimed September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in the city of Toronto, a day to recognize the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools, and to remember those who were lost, their families and survivors. It is also an opportunity to commit to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Toronto and across Canada.

The City also recognizes September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, which began as an Indigenous grassroots effort in 2013 to reflect on the history and harmful legacy of residential and day schools in Canada, as well as affirm that every child matters.

"The trauma resulting from Canada's residential and day school system had lasting consequences for generations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples that continue to this day. As we reflect on this tragic legacy today, I encourage all Torontonians to educate themselves on this history and consider how they can make truth, justice and reconciliation part of their own lives. We at the City are committed to taking concrete action to support all Indigenous residents and respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in a meaningful way."
- Mayor John Tory

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