National Day for Truth and Reconciliation



St. John Ambulance recognizes September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our members are committed to taking the time at work and at home to honour and bring awareness to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis survivors, their families and communities, and to support the public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools throughout Canada.

St. John Ambulance is proud to serve Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations and people across Canada with improving their health, safety, and quality of life through training and community services.

Health and safety is built on serving communities and providing training in first aid and related programs and has been at the heart of SJA’s mandate for over 135 years.

September 30 coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which honours the story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, a former residential school student who had the orange shirt taken away on her first day at residential school. The orange shirt has become a symbol of remembrance of all Indigenous children who were removed from their families to attend residential schools.

We must not forget, reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day. We encourage you to take some time on September 30 to first recognize and forever remember the terrible truth of residential schools in Canada and the legacy it continues to bear on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis survivors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]