Federal Statutory Holiday: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

July 20, 2021 - Defence Stories

The Government of Canada is committed to reconciliation and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten.

As you may be aware, the government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Like all Canadians, this day provides an opportunity for each public servant to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. This may present itself as a day of quiet reflection or participation in a community event.

Our current collective agreements include provisions to allow for an additional designated holiday if one is proclaimed by an act of Parliament. As a result, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will become a designated paid holiday and will allow employees in the federal public service to observe and participate in this important day starting September 2021.

Please note: Employees do not have to take any action to request this leave (no system entry) – it is to be treated in the same manner as all other statutory holidays.

If you have any questions, please contact HR Connect RH (accessible only on the National Defence network) ;online or by calling 1-833-747-6363 (for DND employees only).

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