September 30th has been established as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to allow all Canadians to reflect on our tragic past, including the recent discoveries of more than 1,300 unmarked graves of indigenous children who were taken from their families and placed in our residential school system. Not coincidentally, since 2013, this date has also been recognized as “Orange Shirt Day” to recognize and honour all the children who were forced to attend those schools.
While the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday in Ontario and therefore does not apply to provincially-regulated workplaces, including law firms, ericksons LLP nevertheless will be closed that day in recognition of, in solidarity with, and out of respect for our First Nations clients, allies and friends. We thank you for your understanding.
If you would like to know more about our country’s residential school legacy and need for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, please start with a visit to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at nctr.ca.