National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day

National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day
Posted on 09/30/2021
National Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day

On September 30, OCDSB students and staff will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

This is a day of mourning and remembrance for Indigenous people. This date also offers an opportunity to reflect and to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Please note, this is not a statutory holiday in Ontario and schools will be open, with learning activities taking place. However, Indigenous families may decide to keep their children home on that day to engage in activities with family and community.

Indigenous self identification is a confidential process and should not be understood as a requirement for students or staff to be away from school on this important day. There is no expectation that students who are away from school on this day participate in any school-related activities. Teachers have also been asked to not schedule tests or make assignments due on September 30th.

Visit our National Truth and Reconciliation webpage to learn more about:

  • How the OCDSB is marking this day
  • Actions you can take
  • Support for Indigenous students and families
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