Why the National Day for Truth
On September 30, Canada will have its second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a time to remember the children who died
while being forced to go to church-run or government-funded residential schools, as well as those who survived and made it home, as well as
their families and communities, which are still dealing with the effects of the trauma.
But despite the goal of the day, there is evidence that not all Canadians understand what the day is for or how it can be used most effectively
to move reconciliation forward. Eva Jewell, a professor at Toronto Metropolitan University and research director
at the Yellowhead Institute, told Unreserved's Rosanna Deerchild, "The gravity of the day isn't really understood or acknowledged
The federal statutory holiday was made official last year, just a few days after the Tk'emlps te Secwépemc First Nation confirmed that 215 possible