30 September, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, September 30, 2021, we mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We reflect on the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada, and we honour the victims, survivors, those whose stories are still untold, and the generations of their families who continue to live with the impacts and present-day inequities.

Coinciding with Orange Shirt Day, in which orange shirts are worn to commemorate the thousands of children who were forced from their homes to attend residentials schools, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to evaluate – and action – our responsibility in the reconciliation process.

We recognize the work that we must do to advance truth and reconciliation. From supporting Indigenous leadership and communities on local Trail development projects, to seeking guidance from our Indigenous Advisory Committee, we are committed to building and sustaining meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples based on respect, dignity, trust and cooperation.

As part of that process, Trans Canada Trail is honouring this day by engaging its staff in education training. We encourage you to participate in opportunities for education, reflection and awareness, whether individually or with members of your community.