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Honouring National Truth and Reconciliation Day

September 30th is a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday.

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

BCACC Head Office will be closed on September 30th, and our staff has committed to using this day for reflection and learning. In that spirit, we are sharing some actions we’ll be taking that you can too.


Actions to take on September 30th:


Mental health supports

Hope for Wellness – Indigenous helpline:


Online chat:  

Indian Residential School Survivor 24 Hour Crisis Line:


Canada Suicide Prevention Service 24 Hour Crisis Line: 


Text 45645 (4PM – 12AM EST) 

Kids Help Phone:

Indigenous Peoples can connect with an Indigenous volunteer crisis responder, when available, by texting FIRST NATIONS, INUIT or METIS to: 

686868 for youth 

741741 for adults