The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30,2021

An invitation from Stratford City Centre Business Improvement Area Board, Advocacy & Education Subcommittee, Staff,

Since 2013 September 30th has been acknowledged as Orange Shirt Day. A day to honour residential school survivors and their families.

This September 30th has been declared a federal statutory holiday, The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This was a recommendation first made in 2015 in the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

While the Province of Ontario has chosen to not recognize this day as a statutory holiday, we wish to encourage our municipal leaders, our Mayor, and City Council to consider what their response might be. Might this be opportunity for our city, this community to lead by example while others choose to be silent?

For our Stratford City Centre Board, and Advocacy and Education subcommittee the call is clear. We have chosen to observe this day as one to learn more about our collective history, support the Indigenous community here and across Turtle Island, that we call Canada, and take time for reflection. As such we will be closing our offices on this day and all staff will have the day off for reflection and learning.

The call in 2015 continues to be extended to this day.

We have opportunity to consider what we might choose for this day; individually and collectively.

Perhaps you already have plans in the making. If so, please share them on your Social Media channels and tag our SCCBIA or send us and email and we will take care of the rest doing our best to push out your response as we see them.

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As we seek to be of support to you our membership and our community, here are some ideas we offer to our businesses, and our municipal leaders:

What might you do on National Truth and Reconciliation Day September 30th?

Whatever you choose, may we invite you to consider making your own personal signage explaining what you are doing on this day, and your why.

May we grow as a learning city, acknowledging that the path to reconciliation and anti-racism is ongoing and requires the commitment and best of us all.

With respect,
SCC BIA Board, Advocacy & Education Subcommittee, & Staff