In June, the Government of Canada announced September 30 as a new annual statutory day to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour those who were lost and the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve.
Over the coming months, the Province of BC will work with Indigenous leaders, organizations and communities, along with business and labour stakeholders, for their perspectives on how the national day is commemorated in future years. This year, many provincial public services will remain open but may be operating at reduced levels. Most schools, post-secondary institutions, some health sector workplaces, and Crown corporations will be closed.
CBABC's commitment to truth and reconciliation is clear in our Reconciliation Action Plan. Accordingly, our office will be closed on September 30 with no Section or Committee meetings scheduled. We are hosting Part One of our Truth & Reconciliation Series: Economic Reconciliation in a Colonial Framework, and encourage members to honour the day by participating in this webinar or in The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada offered by CBA.
Finally, members are encouraged to review month-end closings, court dates and client engagement that may need to be adapted in light of this date.
Read the Province of BC announcement.