Remembering the Children

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30


“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component.”

For 160 years, First Nation, Inuit and Métis children were taken from their homes and placed in institutions located across the country under the guise of education. What the federal government was doing, in fact, was attempting to assimilate Indigenous children into southern society.

This day is to remember the children who went to these schools, their families and communities.

Our Coverage

Check back for our latest stories about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Day part of the legacy of former Saskatchewan MP

Leanne Sanders | Sep 27, 2022

Georgina Jolibois remembers how proud she felt when Sept. 30 was declared National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

It was her work as an NDP member of Parliament that ultimately led to the special day being set aside.

On October 16, 2017, Jolibois rose in the House of Commons to introduce a private members’ bill to set aside a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Her legislation, called Bill C-369, proposed June 21 as the day to be set aside.

Only 2 provinces and 2 territories have Sept. 30 as paid holiday for all workers

Kathleen Martens | Sep 27, 2022

It appears most working Canadians will have to reflect on the meaning of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on their lunch break.

Métis National Council president discusses plans for the Métis Nation

Tina House | Sep 27, 2022

Métis National Council President Cassidy Caron sat down with APTN News for a one-on-one conversation about reconciliation and her plans for the Métis Nation as she celebrates one year into her term.


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and APTN have come together to produce a one-hour commemorative gathering presented in English, French, Inuktitut, and Cree that will broadcast live at 1:00 p.m. ET. Tune in to hear Survivors’ personal reflections as well as key speaker, His Honour Murray Sinclair, speak about their experiences and the importance of reconciliation.


APTN News will be live with hosts Melissa Ridgen and Dennis Ward before and after the gathering to share more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Watch live below at 12:30 p.m. ET.


12:30 p.m. ET — Pre-show | APTN National News 

1:00 p.m. ET —  Remembering the Children

2:00 p.m. ET — Post-show | APTN National News  

*Pre and post show will only be available in English