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RDCK offices to close for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day

 
September 20, 2021

In June of this year, the Canadian federal government passed legislation to mark September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As part of this formal recognition the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) will close all offices, recreation facilities and waste and recycling facilities on Thursday, September 30.

This new federal statutory holiday recognizes the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools in Canada, with the intention of encouraging all Canadians to reflect upon and honour the survivors, families and communities that continue to grieve.

“The discovery of over 1,400 grave sites in Cranbrook, Kamloops, Penelakut Island, British Columbia, Marieval, Saskatchewan and Brandon, Manitoba this year alone, illustrate the damaging and lasting impact the residential school system continues to have on First Nations people throughout our country,” said Aimee Watson, RDCK Board Chair. “I encourage our community to embrace the significance of this day and take the time to listen, learn and support the healing needed to address the trauma caused by the residential school system.”

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