September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The need for such a day was brought forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in June 2015.
The day is intended to give everyone the opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools which more than 150,000 First Nations, Metis and Inuit children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1997.
Sonshine Community Services recognizes the legacy of residential schools and the oppression that still impact our indigenous brothers and sisters in Canada. We understand that the traumatic experience of residential schools along with the continued systemic racism continues to impact Indigenous peoples experience of domestic violence.
We stand for Truth and Reconciliation and will mark September 30 as a day for somber reflection and introspection on how each one of us can walk Truth and Reconciliation every day in our work and personal lives. As such, Sonshine’s offices will be closed on September 30.