National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | September 30

Photo credit: The University of British Columbia (UBC)

September 17, 2021

This year, the Government of Canada designated September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 
To show our solidarity and recognize that we stand with Indigenous residential school survivors and victims, HUB Cycling will observe September 30 as a day of healing, remembrance, and catalyst of change and reconciliation. 
On this day each year, HUB Cycling’s office will remain closed.
Many of you might be familiar with this day as Orange Shirt Day.
If you visit one of our four Go by Bike Week Knowledge HUB stations on September 30, you will notice that our staff will be wearing orange shirts to honour residential school victims and survivors.
As part of HUB Cycling's commitment to reconciliation, we as an organization will be undertaking decolonization training, hosted by a local First Nations-led organization, Hummingbirds Rising, which will help our team learn more about Indigenous history and their current reality. 
This year, we also ran our first Youth Community Asset Mapping by Bike Project with Red Fox Healthy Living Society which taught Indigenous youth how to map out the places and services they wanted to access in their community and learn how to get there safely and happily by bike.
We will endeavour to continue our consultations with local First Nations groups when planning and designing new cycling infrastructure projects.

What You Can Do:

This holiday was one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It's a day meant to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis survivors, their families and communities and to publicly commemorate the history and ongoing legacy of the residential schools. We encourage you to:

Please join us in commemorating the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. 
Every child matters. 


Photo credit: UBC/Paul Joseph.
Reconciliation Pole, is a 55-foot red cedar pole carved by 7idansuu (Edenshaw), James Hart, Haida Hereditary Chief and Master Carver, which was raised according to Haida tradition at the south end of UBC campus.
Photo album from Reconciliation Pole installation is available here.