Nova Scotia to celebrate Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia has said government offices, public schools and regulated daycares will be closed on September 30 in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day, the most recent public holiday.
Businesses will have the choice, as they do on other occasions, to stay open.
“We are taking this step to recognize the importance of honoring Indian, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors, their families and communities,” Premier Tim Houston said in a statement.
“We encourage all Nova Scotians, whether you work or are in school, to take the time on September 30 for important discussions on the history of residential schools in Canada.
The new annual leave is set aside to recognize the horrific legacy of the country’s residential schools.
It is up to each province to decide whether it will be a day off.
The New Brunswick government chose not to recognize the holiday.
Nova Scotia says Truth and Reconciliation Day recognizes “the legacy of residential schools and the vital role they play in the reconciliation process.”
“By taking the time to reflect, we have the opportunity to explore how each of us can help make Nova Scotia more inclusive and equitable for all who call this province their home,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labor, of Skills and Immigration, in a press release. Release.