National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Message from our Table Officers

September 28, 2021

To: All MoveUP Members

On behalf of our executive board and our staff, we want to take the time today to acknowledge the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation taking place on September 30.

As part of our commitment to the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we are observing this day by closing our office. We hope our staff will use this new annual opportunity to reflect on the history of this country. When it comes to our relations with Indigenous peoples all of us, as individuals, must do our part to educate ourselves and those around us and stand up for the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Over the last several months, since this statutory holiday was announced, our union representatives have worked with all our employers encouraging them to recognize this day and to give it the same respect and acknowledgement that we do for other important occasions.

We encourage all our members, whether you remain at work on September 30 or have that day off, to learn more about why we have the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage you to learn about the significance of its predecessor, Orange Shirt Day, and to take time to seek resources that will help your understanding of reconciliation.

Below are some links to resources to help guide you:

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams

Project of Heart

Historica Canada: Indigenous History

Labour and Archives Canada: First Nations

In solidarity,

David Black, President
Lori Mayhew, Secretary-Treasurer
Rysa Kronebusch, Vice-President, Utilities
Christy Slusarenko, Vice-President, Combined Units
Annette Toth, Vice-President, ICBC

File Number: 21-MOVEUP-COMM-BLTN- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Sept 28
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