National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
See how the City is observing September 30, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Date & Time
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The intent of this day, which is also Orange Shirt Day, is to provide Canadians the opportunity to recognize and observe the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
The City wishes to support meaningful reflection on the history and legacy of residential schools, and to honour Indigenous communities, family and survivors through the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Ways to Recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
We invite and encourage everyone to join us in observing and participating in this important day. There are many ways to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Surrey, which range from quiet reflection to active participation in a community event.
Here are a few ways you can observe the day:
- Take a virtual tour of the Museum of Surrey exhibit Our Living Languages. (MOS is closed September 30)
- Let Indigenous music powerhouse, Chubby Cree, inspire you with drumming, dance and song during their Centre Stage performance on September 29.
- Walk through Surrey Civic Plaza outside City Hall where the lights will be orange.
- Join Skookum Surrey at Holland Park (13428 – Old Yale Road) from 2–4pm for an afternoon of drumming, sharing, tea, and bannock. Wear an orange shirt.
- Tour Surrey's Indigenous Public Art Collection.
Surrey Civic Plaza lit in orange.
- Review the Surrey Urban Indigenous Strategy
- Check out book recommendations from Surrey Libraries:
- See what the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee is up to. The SUILC is a coalition of organizations that have come together to advocate for the more than 16,000 Indigenous people living in Surrey.
- Get familiar with the reports, findings and the 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Take a look at the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples
- Discover Indigenous-made films in the National Film Board's online collection
- Follow Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Civic Theatres, Heritage Surrey, and Museum of Surrey on social media and look out for their related posts.
Limited City Services
The City of Surrey is observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday.
- City Hall will be closed.
- Select recreation facilities will be open with reduced operating hours.
- Surrey Libraries, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey Archives, Museum of Surrey, and Historic Stewart Farms will be closed.