The Nova Scotia Barristers Society will close its office on Thursday, September 30 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Earlier this year, the federal government announced September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday to recognize and reflect on the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to one of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls for a national day to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
The Province of Nova Scotia announced that it will annually recognize Truth and Reconciliation Day in alignment with the federal government. Provincial government offices will also be closed on September 30, including courthouses across the province.
The Society encourages all staff, members, and Nova Scotians to reflect, learn and consider what we can do to advance reconciliation in our province and live in peace and friendship.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Resources and Events
- National Truth and Reconciliation Week Events – programming hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Weekend of Reconciliation—September 30, 2021 – October 2, 2021 Halifax Waterfront hosted by Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre
- Trauma-Informed Lawyering: The Duty to Do Better in the Era of Truth & Reconciliation – TRCWG event on September 29, 2021 hosted by Myrna McCallum
- Resource list gathered by the Society’s Truth and Reconciliation Working Group (TRCWG) to connect Indigenous members, especially residential school survivors, their families and communities, with existing supports.
- Truth and Reconciliation related practice resources collected by the Society
- Residential School History
- Survivors’ Stories
- Reading List by First Peoples Law
- Indigenous Canada free online course offered by the University of Alberta