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Commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:57 PDT, Mon September 25, 2023

Last Updated: 10:21 PDT, Tue September 26, 2023

Saturday, Sept. 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a time to honour the Survivors of the residential school system, the children who did not make it home, as well as their families and communities. It is a time to commemorate and reflect on the historical and ongoing impacts of residential schools.

For the first time, the Survivors' Flag will be displayed at City Hall in honour of this national observance. The Survivors' Flag is an expression of remembrance meant to honour residential school survivors and all the lives and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. For more information about the Survivors' Flag, visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at

In addition, the ‘Together’ statue in front of Minoru Centre for Active Living (7191 Granville Avenue) will be illuminated in orange, in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The community can commemorate this day through a number of workshops and initiatives. A detailed list with registration details can be found at Highlights include:

  • A Pathway to Reconciliation: A Conversation with Chief Robert Joseph
    Join this special evening with Chief Robert Joseph, OC, OBC, as he discusses his new book, Namwayut – We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation. Suitable for adults.
    Wed, Sept. 27, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Free, registration required
  • Cultural Centre Performance Hall (7700 Minoru Gate)
  • Hope and Healing Canada Art Exhibit by Tracey-Mae Chambers
    Visit the Richmond Cultural Centre’s rotunda for Tracey-Mae Chambers’ site-responsive artist project, Hope and Healing Canada. The goal of Chambers’ art installation is to broach the subject of decolonization with viewers and help bridge the gap between settlers and Indigenous, Métis and Inuit people. Learn more at

Ongoing until Sept. 30

Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate)

Some city facilities will have reduced hours or be closed in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. For details, visit

  • City Hall will be closed on Monday, October 2 in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • The Recycling Depot will be closed on Saturday, September 30 and will be open on Monday, Oct. 2. Blue cart collection will remain regularly scheduled. All other residential services will be pushed by one day due to the observed statutory holiday on Monday, Oct. 2.
  • The Brighouse Library and Richmond Cultural Centre will have reduced hours on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All other library branches will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 30. For details, visit

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