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The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) has made the decision to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. As such, this date will be a statutory holiday for SPRA Staff. Observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a part of the SPRA’s commitment to continuing on our Pathway forward in the vital process of truth and reconciliation.

The announcement of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation has presented us with an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to advancing truth and reconciliation by honouring the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically Call 80, and continuing to align the direction of our organization with the guidance within SPRA’s Pathways for Reconciliation and Engagement Recommendations Guide (Common Ground Consulting Ltd. 2021).

This date coincides with Orange Shirt Day, and is intended to provide Canadians with an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities. SPRA employees have been encouraged to take time on this upcoming date to reflect and educate ourselves on our roles in advancing truth and reconciliation, attend community or virtual events and training opportunities in support of Truth and Reconciliation, or in recognition and commemoration of the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.

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