On September 30, 2022, the WSIAT will recognize Canada’s second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day coincides with Orange Shirt Day and serves as a time for remembrance, reflection, taking meaningful action, and having meaningful ongoing discussions about relationships and reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
This is a day to recognize the role of government in the establishment of residential schools and its devastating effects on Indigenous children and families, as well as survivors and communities impacted by intergenerational trauma. Bringing closure to the legacy of the Residential School System lies at the heart of reconciliation between Indigenous peoples who attended these schools, their families and communities, and all Canadians.
While September 30th has been dedicated as a day of learning and reflection on the history of the Residential School System and to remember the lives lost, the WSIAT remains committed to the ongoing process of truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Ontario every day of the year.
WSIAT offices will be open on this day to provide services; however, no hearings are scheduled.