National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Published September 29, 2021

GOG Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day serves as a commemoration and recognition of the tragic history of residential schools in Canada and honours the Indigenous peoples and survivors affected by these schools today. 

The creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one step towards the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. These Calls to Action were written in 2015 as a guide to advancing the process of Canada’s reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, demanding action from all levels of government.

We invite our member institutions, community, and ourselves at GOG to use this day to reflect on reconciliation and decolonizing our art galleries and museums across Canada. As cultural and heritage organizations, we are responsible for integrating these conversations into our practices and committing to take action towards decolonization across our sector, not just today, but every day.

Some facilities across Canada will be closed on this day in observance of the holiday. Whether or not it is a statutory holiday in your organization, we encourage all non-Indigenous individuals to take today to familiarize themselves with the 94 Calls to Action and participate in acts of reconciliation within your institution or community.

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