The Canadian government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Beginning 2021, and occurring annually, City University in Canada will recognize September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday for all staff and faculty.
City University in Canada recognizes that as an institution of privilege we have a responsibility to do more by renewing our commitment towards addressing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. To fully engage in reconciliation as willing and active participants, we have an obligation to acknowledge the tragic history and continuing legacy of residential schools and develop greater understanding of how Canada’s residential school system, government policies, and societal collusion have created so much harm to Canada’s Indigenous people.
Therefore, I encourage you to engage in a day of somber reflection and consider how we can, individually and as an institution of higher learning, ensure that we create an educational community and society that is safe, inclusive and open for all.
Steve Conway, PsyD
Vice President & Associate Provost, Canadian Programs