Story originally from Chek News
A federal bill establishing Sept. 30 as national truth and reconciliation day — an annual statutory holiday commemorating the horrific legacy of Canada’s residential school system — received royal assent earlier this week.
It comes following the discovery of 215 Indigenous children buried at a former Kamloops residential school last month.
For Eddie Charlie, a residential school survivor and Vancouver Island resident, it’s something he’s wanted to see happen for years.
“I had a vision about creating a law that would honour all residential school survivors and I wanted to make it a national holiday,” said Charlie, who pushed for the creation of a day for truth and reconciliation back in 2017 after years of internalizing his own past.