Burnaby City Hall and Burnaby Public Library branches will be closed September 30 in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day.
In June, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make this day a federal statutory holiday for federally regulated workers in the public and private sectors. The City is also observing September 30 as though it were a statutory holiday, in order to provide staff the ability to honour the occasion and understand its significance as we work to build a better future together with Indigenous peoples.
The day is an opportunity to commemorate and acknowledge the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and honour Indigenous communities, families and survivors. Given the recent discovery of unmarked burial sites at former residential school sites in First Nations communities, this year’s observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is especially significant.
The City continues to take concrete actions to promote truth and reconciliation. We are committed to working with Indigenous peoples to find new ways to build and improve relationships between non-Indigenous Canadians and Indigenous communities, and strive to acknowledge and correct past wrongs while creating a more inclusive society.
For more information on City’s activities and initiatives to support reconciliation, visit burnaby.ca.