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At the Barrie Public Library, we believe in collaboration, inclusion and diversity, and we're committed to a journey of reconciliation by bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples together. As a repository of knowledge and natural gathering place, both in person and virtually, the Library plays an important role in facilitating awareness and public education on the history and ongoing impacts of colonialism on this land, and the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples, nations, and cultures in the face of colonial violence.

Orange Shirt Day: September 30
September 30 is Orange Shirt Daya movement that began in 2013. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and to remember all those that have been affected. We are working with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre on programming and other actions we can take to continue to build on this annual acknowledgement. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In a commitment to Truth & Reconciliation and to ensure that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools are never forgotten, the government recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday, for employees of the federal government and federally regulated workplaces, called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day of observance coincides with
 Orange Shirt Day and is a chance for all of us to learn about this part of Canada’s history and its lasting effects on Indigenous communities.

Our journey of reconciliation will be guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and the CFLA/FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Report and Recommendations.

Continue Your Learning With Us
We are in a unique position to help our community discover opportunities to learn more, to amplify Indigenous voices, and to encourage community building through reconciliation. In our spaces and virtually, we will continue to commemorate the lasting legacy of residential schools through our resources and programming, especially so on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

To find out more about the history of residential schools and their impact, take a look at our Residential Schools in Canada book lists for adults and children.



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