Sterling Homes Closed September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Sterling Homes Edmonton will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. To show our support, all Sterling show homes in Edmonton will be closed on September 30, 2021.
The Government of Canada officially designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a statutory holiday in 2021 to honor survivors of the residential school system, as well as their families and communities, in light of the discovery of over 1,000 unmarked graves near former residential schools.
On this National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, all citizens are encouraged to reflect on this country’s colonial past and the continual devastation of colonial trauma. At Sterling Homes, we acknowledge this dark chapter in Canadian history and are committed to contributing to the process of reconciliation by educating ourselves to better understand the tragedy and ongoing legacy of residential schools and the hardships endured by Indigenous people in Canada.
Below are a variety of learning resources to support your personal reconciliation journey:
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- Indigenous Canada is an Open Online Course (MOOC) from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This free course – which anyone can take – explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective
- Aboriginal Healing Foundation
- Beyond 94 Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
- Residential School Survivor Stories
- Reconciliation in Canada
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Summary of Final Report (2007)
We also call upon all staff and all citizens to participate in the coinciding Orange Shirt Day on September 30th, to raise awareness and create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the impact they have left behind.
In peace and friendship,
VP Sterling Homes Edmonton