The Government of Canada has declared September 30 as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day to commemorate the indigenous peoples who perished at the residential schools that operated for well over a century, the survivors, their families, and the communities that were affected. It reflects just one of the 94 recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to further reconciliation between Canadians and our Indigenous peoples.
In observance of September 30, Field Safe will close our doors and open our hearts and minds in recognition of our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Field Safe’s head office is in Calgary, Alberta, part of the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy Nation, (sometimes referred to as the Blackfoot Nation or Siksikaitsitapi), in the heart of the Treaty 7 Nations. We acknowledge this and are grateful.
We are encouraging our staff to use the day to learn about the issue of Truth and Reconciliation, which includes the residential schools tragedy but also the many other issues our Indigenous peoples continue to face. It is important to do more than acknowledge this on one day of the year. This is a complex subject, and we encourage everyone to commit to continued education and the journey of healing.
We have challenged our staff to speak with their children, their families, and others close to them because only by understanding and education can we find a sustainable path toward reconciliation.
To learn more about simple steps you can take to start yourself and your family on the path to Truth and Reconciliation, watch this CTV news segment “Meaningful Ways to Mark Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Day”
And access the extensive library of education resources available from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.