The City of Lethbridge will observe the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30. City officials hope the new holiday won’t just mean a day off, rather a day to reflect and attend community events organized by the Indigenous community. All city facilities will be closed on Sept. 30.
Both Mayor Chris Spearman and the city’s Indigenous Relations Advisor, Perry Stein, say the special day should be important to all residents in the city and across Canada.
The city has also made a number of commitments to Truth and Reconciliation, including a new flagpole outside city hall that will be the permanent home for the Blackfoot Confederacy flag, as well as the proclamation for Sisters in Spirit Day on Oct. 4.