Premier Sandy Silver has issued the following statement:
“Tomorrow marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, established in response to the 80th Call to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important moment to honour Survivors of Canada’s residential school system, their families, and communities. The devastating impacts of residential schools and the intergenerational trauma experienced by Survivors and their families continue to be felt here in the Yukon and across the country.
“It is important that all Canadians reflect on the history and legacy of residential schools. A clear awareness of the past along with an acknowledgment of the harm that has been inflicted is critical to inform our actions going forward as a society.
“The Government of Yukon remains committed to supporting Indigenous communities and Yukon First Nations in their efforts to bring to light, and recover from, the harms of residential schools. We continue to support the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ Calls to Action.
“We each have a role to play in addressing our tragic history, supporting healing efforts in our communities and advancing reconciliation. I encourage all Yukoners to read the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and reflect on how we can create a brighter future for our country."