Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In response to Call to Action #80 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the House of Commons unanimously passed legislation to make September 30th the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve for those who were lost.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was also created in response to the recent discovery of 215 unmarked graves at a former Residential School near Kamloops, BC and subsequent discoveries. To date, more than 1,000 unmarked children’s graves and remains have been identified at former Residential Schools in Canada. The discovery of these graves has brought the issue of Truth and Reconciliation back into sharp focus and shaken many Canadians with the undeniable truth of the tragedy of the sexual, physical and emotional abuse more than 150,000 Indigenous children were subjected to at these schools.

September 30th was chosen given the historical significance of the date as a time each year when Indigenous children were forcibly apprehended from their parents and home communities and placed in the residential school system. As we now know, thousands of children did not make it home.

The day is intended to provide Canadians from all walks of life time to reflect on the dark legacy  of Residential Schools and the devastating  trauma and suffering they continue to inflict on generations of Indigenous families, as well as to consider how each one of us can actively contribute to reconciliation in our country.

As our staff takes time for reflection and to honour survivors, their families, and communities, AFM community offices throughout the province will be closed on Sept. 30. As well, the Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) clinics at the River Point Centre in Winnipeg and Eaglewood in Thompson will be closed Sept. 30 but will reopen to clients on Oct. 1. 

We also invite the public to learn more about Truth & Reconciliation in other tangible ways and are pleased to share a selection of links, articles and resources to help us all learn more about the legacy of Residential Schools and how we can join with our Indigenous community and continue to work towards reconciliation.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day Resources


Books from the AFM Library

Films and videos to watch:

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