The City of Grande Prairie commemorates the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a permanent Statutory Holiday for all City staff on September 30.
The decision comes as an additional step to advance reconciliation efforts with the Indigenous community and honour their legacy and positive impact in our community. The day also serves as a time to remember and reflect on the harm caused to the Indigenous community throughout Canada’s history.
A National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The federal government initiated the holiday in June, as a way for Canadians to demonstrate their commitment to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.
On September 30, the following City operations are impacted:
- City Hall – closed
- City Service Centre - closed
- Montrose Cultural Centre – closed except for The Grande Prairie Public Library
- Grande Prairie Museum - closed
- Heritage Discovery Centre - closed
311, Eastlink Centre, Ernie Radbourne Pavilion, and Public Transit will operate on regular hours.
Statement from Grande Prairie City Council:
Grande Prairie City Council acknowledges that Grande Prairie is located on Treaty 8 territory, the traditional lands of many diverse First Nations and Métis people including the Cree, Dene, and Beaver people.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for reflection on our ongoing reconciliation efforts and relationship with the Indigenous community.
We collectively call upon Grande Prairie residents to observe the day, reflect on your personal role in reconciliation, and honour the Indigenous community by partaking in a community event planned to commemorate the day.