WHEREAS the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report on June 2, 2015, which included 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation;
AND WHEREAS the recent discoveries of remains and unmarked graves across Canada have led to increased calls for all levels of government to address the recommendations in the TRC’s Calls to Action;
AND WHEREAS all Canadians and all orders of government have a role to play in reconciliation;
AND WHEREAS the Federal Government has announced September 30, 2021, as the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (National Orange Shirt Day) and a Federal statutory holiday;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the City of Guelph recognizes the importance of September 30th in honour of Truth and Reconciliation and commits to continued efforts to advance reconciliation including sharing the stories of residential school survivors, their families, and communities.