September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day was created by an Act of Parliament to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s call to action number 80 which called upon “the Federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, 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.”
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday. Banks, the post office and other federally regulated entities will be closed.
The holiday will affect real estate closings
Banks and the payments system will be closed. As a result, avoid real estate closings on September 30. For real estate closings already scheduled to close on September 30, consider working with your client and the other party/parties to the transaction to reschedule the closing day. Note that although banks will be closed, the Land Registry Office and the Teraview system will be up and running, as mentioned on the Teraview website.
Also, as many law firms will be observing the day by closing or holding events to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools, consider rescheduling matters scheduled for September 30.
Commemorating the History and Legacy of Residential Schools
Lawyers and law firms seeking to learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, or looking to develop ways to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools may wish to consult:
- National Center for Truth and Reconciliation
- Orange Shirt Day
- Legacy of Hope Foundation
- Gord Downie & Charlie Wenjack Fund National Day for Truth and Reconciliation discussion event
- Law Society of Ontario, National Indigenous History Month and National Indigenous Solidarity Day 2021
- Guide for Lawyers Working with Indigenous Peoples
- The Trauma Informed Lawyer Podcast