Northern Mat & Bridge will be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021.
“All our locations will be closed, and it will be a paid statutory holiday to provide our team members the time to recognize and reflect on the legacy of residential schools in Canada. This important day is a time for all Canadians to remember our history and think about how we move forward”
Darren Francis, Northern Mat & Bridge President & CEO
In June of this year, the federal government created a holiday for federal employees. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and ReconciliationCommission to honour residential school survivors, their families, and their communities. As well as commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools and follows the discovery of the remains of 215children by the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓ e̓ pemc First Nation, on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. Between 1870 and 1997 more than 150,000 First Nation, Metis, and Inuit children were forced to attend Residential Schools.
The Lejac Indian Residential School was operated by the catholic church under contract to the Canadian government from 1922 to 1976. After the school was closed, the land was transferred to NadlehWhut’en First Nation. Nadleh Whut’en’s Chief Larry Nooski has his own memories of residential school, “The schools were intended to eradicate the Indian inside our children. No child should ever have been treated like that. The legacy of residential schools continues to negatively impact our community, I encourage our partner, NorthernMat & Bridge, and their employees to take time to reflect on the responsibility each of us has in reconciliation, in both our personal relationships and in the workplace.”
Since its inception in 1999, Northern Mat & Bridge has learned from our Indigenous partners and recognize our responsibility to and affirm our commitment to developing trusted and respectful relationships. Relationships based on recognition