TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
Whereas over the past year, the graves of more than 1,300 Indigenous children have been discovered at former residential school sites. We mourned together, grieved together, and faced the truth together: that all Indigenous Peoples living in Canada are survivors of Canada’s tools of genocide.
Whereas declaring September 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Whereas making September 30th a provincial statutory holiday is a way to keep this work on the front burner, to convey the gravity of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and to make sure the precious children that were taken from their parents, their families, their communities are never, ever forgotten.
Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
Ontario should make September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a statutory day off.