On Sept. 30, federal offices, banks and post offices will be closed to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
“The idea is really to set aside a day that we honour all the children who survived residential schools, as well as honour and recognize those who did not return,” Brenda Gunn, academic and research director at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, told CTV National News.
In certain cases, an individual can still vote if they declare their identity and address in writing and have someone assigned to their polling station, who knows them, vouch for them. The voucher too would have to prove their identity.
Orange Shirt Day
The new federal statutory holiday coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which was started in 2013 as a way to honour Indigenous children and educate Canadians about the impact the residential school system had on Indigenous communities.
Creating such a federal holiday was one of the 94 calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission back in 2015.
Many provinces and territories have followed the federal government’s lead in marking in the day as a designated holiday and day off for students.
Private companies and organizations can decide if they want to honour optional or unofficial holidays, and provinces can also designate holidays.