National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Dear Neighbours,

On September 30th, the City of Toronto observed its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day for us to recognize the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools and to remember those who were lost, their families and survivors. We also take this opportunity to commit to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples in Toronto and across Canada.

September 30th is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, which began in 2013 as an indigenous grassroots effort to reflect on the history and harmful legacy of residential and day schools in Canada, as well as affirming that every child matters.

I was happy to join Native Child and Family Services of Toronto to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at the Toronto Zoo. I am grateful that we were able to come together and strengthen our collective commitment to seeking the truth and fostering change.

Toronto City Council recently recommitted to and supported taking further action to advance truth, reconciliation, and justice, which you can read about here.

Donations can be made to the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Restoration of Identity Project, led by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, which will see the construction of the Spirit Garden in Nathan Phillips Square. Donations to Toronto Council’s Fire capital campaign for the Sprit Garden can be made online:

The National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 24-hour line can be reached at 1-866-925-4419. Information on Ashinawbe Health Toronto is available at

Additional resources, supports and information about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are available on the City’s website:

All my Best,


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