September 30 marks the first day of truth and reconciliation in Saskatchewan.
The provincial government on Tuesday announced the proclamation as a day to honor the lost children, survivors and those affected by Canada’s housing school system.
“Residential schools have been operating in Canada, including Saskatchewan, for more than a century,” the Saskatchewan government said in a statement.
“The federal government reports that 150,000 native children were removed and separated from their families and communities to attend these schools.”
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On Thursday, all of the province’s government buildings will lower their flags to half mast.
“With this proclamation, the provincial government reiterates its commitment to remember our past, work in partnership with the indigenous peoples of Saskatchewan and work together for cultural and economic reconciliation,” said First Nation, Metis and Northern Affairs Minister Don McMorris in a press release. .
“I urge all residents of Saskatchewan, regardless of their heritage or faith, to take a moment for solemn reflection and discussion on the importance of meaningful and lasting reconciliation in our province.”
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In June, the Canadian government passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This day is not a statutory holiday in Saskatchewan for employees who are not federally regulated.
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