In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, the Town of Qualicum Beach will fly its flags at half-mast, and close its offices for staff to commemorate the day.
The town wants residents to take time to learn more about Canadian history with First Nations and to better understand the atrocities experienced by the more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children, forced to attend residential school under the Indian Act.
The town encourages discussing what you have read and learned with family and loved ones, “so that we may all better understand the journey of those children, their families and community members who experienced residential schools as well as the incredible resilience of those who have survived.”
The Qualicum Beach Museum will commemorate the day with two panels installed in their Social History section. One panel will detail the history of residential schools, and the other will detail the origin of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
A short video will also play about the origins of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, narrated by Phyllis Webstad, the originator of the Orange Shirt Day movement. The video will play on a loop through the whole day in the mini theatre on the second floor. These displays will be up for the entire week, from 10 am to 4 pm, including the holiday on which the museum is open.
For those experiencing pain or distress as a result of their residential school experience, the National Residential School Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.
— NEWS Staff