The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will be recognized as a holiday in Peel Region.
On September 30, regional buildings will be closed and services will operate on a holiday schedule.
“The Region of Peel recognizes this important day and commits to providing learning to staff throughout the year,” said Regional Chair Nando Iannicca in a statement.
“Education is foundational to understanding our role as Canadians, our role as a municipal government, and our role in reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples.”
Regional Council confirmed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 will be recognized as a paid holiday in 2021 and will be observed by Region of Peel employees.
Regional buildings will be closed and services will operate on a holiday schedule. pic.twitter.com/eXZrcp2Jkz
— Region of Peel (@regionofpeel) September 9, 2021
The Ontario government revealed this week that the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will not be a “provincial public holiday this year.”
A spokesperson for the Minister of Indigenous Affairs told Daily Hive that the province is working with Indigenous partners to ensure September 30 is respectfully commemorated “similar to Remembrance Day.”
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The federal government established the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation over the summer.
It is intended to commemorate the legacy of the residential school system and honour its survivors.