CARE Canada Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In recognition of our commitment to reconciliation, the CARE Canada offices will be closed on 30 September 2021 to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

“On this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we honour the Survivors of residential schools, their families, and Indigenous communities across Canada who have been impacted by the ongoing trauma and intergenerational pain and suffering caused by residential schools,” says CARE Canada President and CEO Barbara Grantham. “We also honour and recognize the children who did not return.”

“The public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools is a critical component of the reconciliation process. We stand in solidarity with all our Indigenous friends and neighbours who continue to face trauma and oppression based on Canada’s systemic colonial legacies.”

CARE Canada will promote reflection and learning among its employees during the week of 27 September to 1 October by sharing educational resources and encouraging participation in Truth and Reconciliation Week hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. A voluntary cohort of staff will also be encouraged to enroll in the Indigenous Canada course offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta where, in addition to the course, participants will take part in bi-weekly conversation groups to discuss topics and themes.

“Learning about the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada cannot be limited to one week or one day,” says Grantham. “We recognize that our actions this week are just one small step on the long path towards truth and reconciliation. We hope you will join us in recognizing the work and actions we can all take together to contribute to healing and understanding.”

Click here to learn more about the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Support Information:

If you are a Survivor and need emotional support, a national crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Residential School Survivor Support Line 1-866-925-4419