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Manitoba Declares National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 3, 2021 10:48 AM | News


Manitoba Legislative Building

The Golden Boy stands on top of the dome of the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba schools will close and no classes will be held on September 30 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The province has declared the day of observance to encourage reflection and meaningful discussions about the impacts of residential schools.

“We all have a role to play in reconciliation. We can all listen, learn, and support the healing needed to address the intergenerational trauma caused by the residential school system,” said Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Alan Lagimodiere.

“Reflecting on our tragic history by recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides an opportunity for Manitobans to learn about the ongoing legacy of residential schools. This shared understanding of our history is essential to reconciliation.”

Manitoba’s public servants will also observe the day and non-essential government services and offices will be closed for the day.

September 30 will also see flags on all provincial government buildings lowered to half-mast in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.