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Honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

North Vancouver District Public Library locations will be open from 10:00am-5:00pm for learning and reflection on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.

At six years old, residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad was stripped of her shiny new orange shirt on her first day attending the St. Joseph Mission Residential School. Since 2013, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the harm and pain caused by the residential school system. Earlier this year, the federal government declared September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in response to Call to Action #80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

In advance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, we encourage you to give yourselves the space and time to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour the survivors, their families and communities.

We have a variety of learning resources to support your personal reconciliation journey. Please see below or ask us for recommendations.

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience. Non-emergency calls to The Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society can be directed to 1-800-721-0066.

 

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Our libraries are located on the traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. Their ancestors have lived here for countless generations. We are grateful for the opportunity to connect community, share knowledge and inspire stories on unceded Coast Salish Territory.