National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The City and its employees are observing the day to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and align with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

How the City is Recognizing the Day?

Residents are encouraged to wear orange and join us for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Mission Park this September 30, 2023. The event is meant to honour the survivors of and the children who never returned home from residential schools, as well as their families and communities. 

This day has a strong local significance as St. Albert was the home of two former residential schools, the Youville residential school and the Edmonton residential school (sometimes referred to as Poundmaker).  

To honour Indigenous children, survivors and families of those impacted by the residential school system in Canada, the flags at City facilities will be lowered to half mast

At Mission Park on September 30, 2023

Listen to speakers and knowledge keepers, and enjoy performers, local artisans, exhibits, and food vendors. Join others from the community for an Honour Walk from Mission Park to Kâkesimokamik / The Healing Garden.

Learn More About This Event

What Learning Opportunities are Available? 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Canada 

  •  Learn about the legacy of the residential school system through interactive maps, event and exhibition listings, and many other historical and educational resources.

Phyllis Webstad, Founder of Orange Shirt Day

  • Visit the Orange Shirt Society website, and learn about Phyllis Webstad, the founder of Orange Shirt Day (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation).

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

  • Read and learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Service Impacts

In alignment with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, the City will be observing the day. For non-essential services, when a recognized holiday falls on a weekend the City will observe the lieu day on the Monday immediately following the holiday.

September 30 and October 2, the statutory holiday services will be in effect for emergency services, utility services and recreation facilities. St. Albert Transit will be operating its regular Saturday service level.

Service Adjustments on September 30:

The compost depot and Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot will be closed.

Service Adjustments on October 2:

Most City offices will be closed and will open again on October 3.

There will be no curbside waste collection. Collection (including Curbside Leaf Pick-Up) will occur on October 3 for any areas not collected on October 2.


Funded by:
Government of Canada

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Last edited: September 27, 2023