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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

New legislation designates September 30 of each year as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and declares it to be a new public holiday under the Canada Labour Code. The new holiday seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit, Métis residential school survivors, their families and communities. September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, which began in 2013 with people wearing orange shirts to remember Indigenous children forced to leave their families and attend residential schools.

In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, all Library and Museum locations will be closed on Friday, September 30th. Regular hours will be in effect on Saturday, October 1st.

Indigenous Authors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Join bestselling, award-winning children’s authors David A. Robertson (The Barren Grounds, On the Trapline), Melanie Florence (Stolen Words, Just Lucky), and Jay Odjick (illustrator of Blackflies and Bear for Breakfast, written by Robert Munsch) for this special pre-recorded library presentation.


Curated Reads Lists

Curated Reads List:
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
(Adult Titles)

Adult curated reads list for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Curated Reads List:
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
(Junior Titles)

Junior curated reads list for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Orange Shirt Day colouring sheet.

Orange Shirt Day Colouring Sheet

Please join us in honouring the Indigenous children who had to endure the residential school era. Encourage your child or family member to complete an Orange Shirt colouring sheet. Reflect on what you can do to take action to support our Indigenous Communities.

Colouring sheets are available online or at Municipality of Clarington recreation facilities and any Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives location. Be sure to include your commitment to reconciliation on your colouring page and drop off completed sheets so we can put them on display.

Durham Indigenous Voices Discussion Series

The Durham libraries, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, DCSI, OTSU, and the Region of Durham, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Whitby Sunrise, have launched a collaborative four-part panel discussion series with Indigenous peoples and First Nations from the Durham Region. Reconciliation, Resilience, Resistance, and Resurgence will focus on actions that support and amplify Indigenous Voices in our community as we move forward with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls-to-Action.

Learn how to become an ally to speak out against Anti-Indigenous Racism. View the discussion on the Library's YouTube channel.

Orange Ribbon Campaign

Tie an orange ribbon in the community as a symbol of our collective support for the Indigenous community. From September 20 to 30, visit a Municipality of Clarington community centre or any Clarington Public Library, Museums, & Archives location to pick up your ribbon.

A National Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for survivors. This 24-Hour Crisis Line can be accessed at: 1-866-925-4419. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-721-0066 or on their website at

Land Acknowledgement Statement

The Municipality of Clarington is situated within the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas and Chippewas of the Anishinabeg, known today as the Williams Treaties First Nations. Our work on these lands acknowledges their resilience and their longstanding contributions to the area now known as the Municipality of Clarington.


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