The City of Lethbridge will officially observe the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, deepening our commitments to Truth and Reconciliation.
To honour the importance of this day, City facilities will be closed on September 30. The City of Lethbridge
is proud to publically recognize this day.
"We are encouraging staff to take time on September 30 to attend community events organized by Indigenous community leaders and partner organizations and use it as a day of reflection and discussion," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "It's imperative that our community understands that Residential Schools existed in southern Alberta and have had lasting impacts. Recognition of Truth and Reconciliation is essential now more than ever."
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend Residential Schools.
"Each holiday that we celebrate in Canada tells us something about our history and values," says Mike Bruised Head (Ninna Piiksii). "The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to honour the children who didn't come home from Residential Schools and all Lethbridge residents and Canadians should use this day to educate themselves and think about those who lost their lives."
The City of Lethbridge has made a number of commitments to Truth and Reconciliation, including that in September 2021, the new flagpoles outside City Hall will permanently fly the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy) flag. Earlier this year, Lethbridge City Council approved the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Recommendations and Work Plan, which follows a 2017 commitment to the address the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. For further information, please visit: www.lethbridge.ca/indigenousrelations
Earlier this month, the Federal Government approved legislation to declare the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of Residential Schools.
The City of Lethbridge is located on the lands of the Blackfoot people and is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Three.