The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) slrd administration office, located at 1350 Aster Street in Pemberton, B.C., will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2023 in ieu of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Saturday, September 30).
- Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 3.
The date was declared a statutory holiday in 2021 by the SLRD, and it was declared a provincial statutory holiday earlier this year.
The purpose of this day is to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools, and honour those who lost their lives, those who survived and their families and communities.
Interested in learning more about National Truth and Reconciliation Day or wondering about other ways to commemorate this day? Here are some resources and additional information to learn and quietly reflect, or to participate in events to mark the day:
- The origins of Orange Shirt Day: Orange Shirt Day began as a movement in 2013, when Phyllis Webstad, a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission residential school, told her story of her first day of residential school in 1973, where she had her new orange shirt, bought for her by her grandmother, taken away from her and never returned. Read more about the story of Orange Shirt Day
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Skwxwú7mesh Lilwat7úl Cultural Centre Truth and Reconciliation events, information and resources
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action