N.B, declares provincial holiday for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

New Brunswick

New Brunswick has declared a provincial holiday on September 30th in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home from residential schools, as well as survivors, their families and communities.

The province says schools in both the Anglophone and francophone school systems will close that day, and it will be treated as any other holiday for management and non-union employees in Parts I, II and III of the provincial public service.

The holiday will be will be optional for private sector businesses, and all essential services, including health care, will continue to be delivered.

Government says the declaration of a holiday is one of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, of which New Brunswick has either initiated or completed 27 of the 31 that fall under its jurisdiction.