Commemoration (79-83)

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Current Reality

Commemoration: the action or fact of commemorating a dead person or past event

Sept. 30, 2022: BC., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador are all still opposed to designating Sept. 30 a statutory holiday. Yukon has committed to designating Set. 30 a statutory holiday in 2023.

June 7, 2022: Three Indigenous members  – First Nations, Métis and Inuit – were appointed to the Historic Site and Monument Board

August 11, 2021: The federal government committed $20M to build a national monument in Ottawa to honour the survivors of residential schools and all the children who were lost.

June 3, 2021: Bill C-5 “An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation)” a bill that designates Sept. 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation passed in the Senate and received Royal Assent.

Nov. 16, 2020: Canadian Press – Stephanie Scott, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, speaking to the House of Commons heritage committee stated “Ottawa and provincial and territorial governments must build monuments in capital cities across Canada to honour residential-school survivors and their families.”

For Call to Action # 82 “Commission and install a Residential School Monument in each capital city”, only Winnipeg, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Toronto and Regina have initiated any plans or made any commitments.

2/5 CTAs have been completed to date


Develop reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration

In Progress


Establish a statutory holiday “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation”



Commission and install a Residential School National Monument in Ottawa

In Progress


Commission and install a Residential school monument in each capital city

In Progress


Establish strategies for funding Indigenous reconciliation projects


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Prime Minister Trudeau's vacation on Sept. 30

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Conservative Senators kill Indigenous legislation on National Indigenous People's Day

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