First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

September 29, 2021

Her Excellency issued a message on the Occasion of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

September 30, 2021

The Governor General shared a message addressed to all Canadians from Her Majesty The Queen on the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary May Simon, Governor General of Canada, will participate in the one-hour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation broadcast special.

In recognition of the new federal statutory holiday, the special broadcast will honour the stories and perspectives of Indigenous peoples affected by the tragedies of the residential school system in Canada. The broadcast will include musical tributes and messages from Indigenous leaders.