September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Dear Friends

This message is from the General Council Office of the United Church of Canada. We give thanks for this leadership and direction from our national body. Please share widely.

The Pacific Mountain Regional Council office recommend Communities of Faith offer September 30th as a designated paid holiday for their ministry personnel and employees.

September 30th National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

“The Government of Canada recently passed legislation making September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The Bill responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action Number 80 which calls on the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish the holiday to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour the survivors, their families, and communities.

The new holiday only applies to federally regulated employers. The United Church of Canada and its communities of faith are not federally regulated employers. They are governed by provincial employment statutes. The United Church of Canada General Secretary, Michael Blair, has decided that the General and Regional Councils will be closed on September 30 this year while conversations with the National Indigenous Council and the National Indigenous Elders Council determine future practice. Communities of faith may offer September 30th as a designated paid holiday for their ministry personnel and employees at the discretion of their governing body and the guidance of their regional council.

This day provides an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. As this day also coincides with Orange Short day, Indigenous Ministries and Justice will be curating an online event and offering some resources for Orange Shirt Day.

This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.”

You may also wish to revisit the messages shared by Indigenous leaders in the Pacific Mountain Regional Council on the PMRC YouTube Channel and spend time engaging with the Indigenous Ministry page on our website. A way to connect with one another in conversation about September 30th in communities of faith, and beyond, is the PMRC is on the Community Forum.

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