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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Last year, the federal government passed legislation to recognize September 30 as a federal statutory holiday known as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The City of Stratford encourages all citizens to help commemorate this important day, also recognized as Orange Shirt Day.

On Friday, September 30, a ceremony will be held in front of City Hall, 1 Wellington Street, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Representatives from Indigenous communities will offer words, music and song to help us reflect on the legacy of residential schools and how we can move toward reconciliation.

A moment of silence will be observed at 2:15 p.m. That specific time was selected to recognize the initial 215 unmarked graves discovered last year at the site of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Many more unmarked graves were subsequently discovered in Canada.

Citizens will be encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 30 to promote the concept of Every Child Matters. The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

The City of Stratford will also be flying the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) Survivors’ Flag at municipal buildings. The Survivors’ Flag was created to honour residential school survivors, and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. Survivors from across the country were consulted in the creation of the flag’s design.

To learn more about the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website at https://nctr.ca/


Sep 30 2022


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


City Hall
City hall, Stratford Ontario


City of Stratford