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Gallery Closure: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Doris McCarthy Gallery will be closed on Saturday, September 30, 2023, to respect the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Public commemoration and recognition of both the past harm and continued oppression of Indigenous communities is an important part of the conciliation process. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the Survivors and the children who never returned home from residential schools, as well as their families and communities. September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led day intended to raise awareness of the intergenerational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.

The DMG will be closed to respect the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 80, to “... establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” This day is just a small part of understanding the experiences of and standing in solidarity with Indigenous peoples; this is ongoing work that we recognize must take place every day to advance conciliation.