PSA: City to Observe National Day For Truth and Reconciliation
Port Coquitlam will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 as a day to recognize and reflect on the tragic history of residential schools, and to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors and their families and communities.
By marking National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the City will honour this day, and reflect on its importance to the country’s past, present, and future and to embrace the significance of the day to honour Indigenous peoples and reflect on acts of reconciliation.
City Hall and civic buildings will fly an orange flag and lower all flags to half-mast and City Hall will also light up orange in observance of this day. The City will mark Sept. 30 as a statutory holiday for all City employees. City waste services will operate on normal schedules, while all civic facilities will be closed for the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation.
Resources for Learning
- Learn about and view resources from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation,a place of learning and dialogue about residential schools.
- Read about the first stage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canadaabout residential schools that concluded in 2015.
- Read about the history of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation) in this area.
The recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to ensure Port Coquitlam welcomes and celebrates all people. As part of this work, Port Coquitlam launched an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roundtable (EDI) last year to help address issues of racism and discrimination.
One of the top priorities identified by Roundtable members is to engage community members in celebrating Indigenous, Black, people of colour and LGBTQ2S+ communities, and to foster engagement with diverse experiences and identities. Learn more at portcoquitlam.ca/edi.
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam