As part of its commitment to truth and reconciliation, the city of Mississauga will honor the annual federal holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30 by closing city facilities as a day of reflection and education.
This new party is action # 80 of the 94 calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
“This year has shown us more than ever the struggles indigenous peoples have faced throughout our history. I am pleased that the federal government has taken action to officially recognize a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, ”said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As a city, we encourage residents to use this day to reflect on our country’s past, learn about Canada’s little-known history and commit to true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and their nations.
City offices and facilities closed on September 30
City offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, September 30. Classes and programs scheduled for that day will be canceled or rescheduled. Residents concerned will be notified in advance.
MiWay buses will run on a regular weekday schedule and the 3-1-1 Citizen Call Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Committee of Adjustment meeting is canceled and will be postponed until October 7, 2021 at 4 p.m.
In addition to closing City offices and facilities, on September 30, the City will mark National Truth and Reconciliation Day by:
- Orange lighting of the Civic Center clock tower
- Share the importance of the day on our social networks
- Showing the following on the screens of Celebration Square throughout the day:
- The moccasin identifier project
- 94 calls to action
- Calls to action launched by the City
- Measures taken by the City to carry out the actions
- Music and media featuring Indigenous stories
The City of Mississauga is proud to present short films on Indigenous stories, communities and artists. Films courtesy of Hot Docs, the National Film Board of Canada and Historica Canada.
Truth and Reconciliation – Get Involved
During the month of September, residents are encouraged to develop their understanding and awareness of the history and legacy of residential schools, Truth and Reconciliation, and the culture of Indigenous peoples. Here are some ways to get involved:
- Wear an orange shirt to show your support for National Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30
- Post about the day using the hashtag #OrangeShirtDay on social media
“We all have a role to play in Truth and Reconciliation,” said Paul Mitcham, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “As September 30 approaches, we are consolidating our commitment as a municipality to complete our calls to action and encourage our employees and residents to do their part and learn more about this important cause. By providing the space, time and resources to reflect and learn, we hope this annual day will mean a much brighter future.
In June of this year, the government passed Bill C-5 to establish a new holiday for federally regulated employers called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day aims to honor First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities, and to ensure that a public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains an essential part of the reconciliation process.
Supervisor, Employee Communications and Events
City of Mississauga
905-615-3200, ext. 4073