National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


The Bench Team


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September 30, 2021

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What is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?

Since 2013, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the tragic history and long-standing effects of residential schools, to witness and honor the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation. In June 2021, the Canadian government announced a new statutory holiday known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to be recognized on September 30 each year. A day of remembrance, reflection, action, and learning.

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This day responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call-to-Action #80—a call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honor 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.

How is Bench honoring the day in 2021?

At Bench, the recognition of our responsibility to participate in reconciliation and the work of our own decolonization has led us to engage in a partnership with First Nations Technology Council (FNTC)—that they might serve as our guides and accountability partners in developing integrated and sustained approaches to this critical work. Part of this work has been to thoughtfully consider how Bench might best observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation moving forward, regardless of whether it is recognized provincially in BC.

This year, we have opted alongside other FNTC partner companies not to take the day off. We’ve set aside time as a company to hold one another accountable to learning, reflecting, considering our corporate and individual responses, and readying ourselves for the changes we hope to adopt in our work with FNTC. This may change in the future as we continue to listen and look to our Indigenous partners and elders for guidance. Wherever you are on your own journeys, we’re glad you’re on it with us.

Looking for resources to serve as a starting place? Here are some starting places for folks here at Bench.

This post is to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, business, or tax advice. Each person should consult his or her own attorney, business advisor, or tax advisor with respect to matters referenced in this post. Bench assumes no liability for actions taken in reliance upon the information contained herein.
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