The federal government recently passed legislation to mark September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to recognize and commemorate the unjust and traumatic legacy of the Indian residential schools system.
Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established in 2008 to reveal, preserve, and document the history and lasting impacts of the residential school system on Indigenous students, families, and communities. National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the commission's outcomes contained in the Calls to Action to facilitate reconciliation.
With honour and reverence, Holland College will observe this historic day of recognition. Classes will be cancelled and all college employees who are entitled to designated holidays will receive the day off. We encourage the college community to honor this day by reflecting and learning about these significant events in Canada’s history and for its future.
The college is in the process of formalizing equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives to inform and educate the college community, and to ensure diverse voices have their right of speech. To learn about the history of residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's mandate, findings, and outcomes, please take a look at the following documentaries and resources.
TRC Calls to Action (PDF 298KB)
Reclaiming Power and Place (National Inquiry Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)