On Friday, September 30th, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society views today as a crucial component of our daily commitment towards reconciliation.
In recognition of National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we welcome and invite members of our community who self-identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis to visit the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on September 30th with free admission.
Additionally, all regular admissions on September 30th will be donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society.
About National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
On June 3rd, 2021, National Day of Truth and Reconciliation became a federal statutory holiday. On this day, we recognize the lasting, harrowing legacy that Canadian residential schools have had – for survivors, the children who never made it home, and their families and community members.
Did you know that Orange Shirt Day also takes place on September 30th? To learn more about this day, visit www.orangeshirtday.org
About Indian Residential School Survivors Society
The IRSSS is a British Columbia-based organization which was started in 1994 to support Residential School Survivors to navigate the court system. Their work has since expanded to provide essential services to Survivors, their families, and those dealing with intergenerational traumas. In more recent years their work now includes assisting the descendants of Survivors and implementing community education measures (both Indigenous & Non-Indigenous).
If you or someone you know is a residential school survivor and are in need of support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the IRSSS office nearest to you. You can see a list of these offices at www.irsss.ca/contact.
To donate to the Residential School Survivors Society, visit their website at www.irsss.ca/donate.