Education, self-study and awareness will be the focus for the City of Delta on Sept. 30 – National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
At the Sept. 20th council meeting, Delta staff presented a report, endorsed by council, on what the city has planned to support and commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and honour Indigenous communities, families and survivors.
Delta plans to commemorate the important day in several ways.
In partnership with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and Local 454 (CUPE Local 454), orange shirts will be provided to front line staff to show support with partial proceeds from the purchase of the shirts going to the Orange Shirt Society, which is dedicated to providing support for Indian Residential School Reconciliation.
Delta staff and council also will be wearing Orange Shirts throughout the week.
The lights at Delta City Hall in Ladner will be orange for the week starting on Sept. 27 and an orange flag commemorating the day will be flown on the special flag pole at both City Hall and the North Delta Recreation Centre.
Delta is focusing on education and awareness and as such, will be providing training to staff to encourage dialogue and learning on Residential Schools and the legacy left behind.
The day will be recognized through Delta’s communications platforms, including social media, with links to resources and educational materials for the public.