Steinbach City Council has passed a resolution to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a day of observance regarding the impacts of residential schools in Canada. Flags will also be flown at half-mast on City buildings.

City officials say that administration buildings and most services will be closed for that day. One day’s grace will be granted for the property tax deadline on September 30. Late penalties will apply to unpaid taxes starting October 2. Garbage and recycling collection services will continue as scheduled.

Provincially, Truth and Reconciliation Week will run Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will provide workshops and activities for students supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, M├ętis and Inuit artists. It will also offer video content that builds greater awareness among Canadian youth, demonstrating the interconnectedness of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and exemplifying how honouring Indigenous knowledge is essential in building an equitable and thriving nation.

“We are pleased to be able to work with the Province of Manitoba on this historic moment and for their partnership in making this week of educational programming possible,” said Stephanie Scott, executive director, NCTR. “Truth and Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for every person in Manitoba to listen and learn from the voices of survivors, elders and knowledge keepers as we walk the path of reconciliation together.”

For more details and to sign up for the 2021 Truth and Reconciliation Week events, visit nctr.ca.