The Mayor, Council, and staff at the City of Terrace acknowledge that it is an honour to live, work, and play on the Laxyuubm Tsimshian, Kitsumkalum and Kitselas, toyaxsuut nuusm.
Thursday, September 30, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is an opportunity to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour those who were lost and the survivors, families, and communities who continue to grieve. It is a federal statutory holiday and the City of Terrace offices will be closed in honour and recognition.
Emphasizing the importance of the City's relationships with First Nations and emphasizing the importance of truth and reconciliation form part of the City's strategic priorities. Reconciliation is an ongoing process. As such, at the council meeting on Monday, September 27, Council released a Reconciliation Value Statement:
“The City of Terrace values the Indigenous peoples of the area and seeks to build strong relationships founded in trust and respect. We are committed to reconciliation, founded on understandings of truths experienced through colonialism, residential schools, and systemic racism.”
This statement will serve as a foundation to guide future action and decision-making related to reconciliation.
In addition, at the Monday, September 13, 2021, Council Meeting, Council made a resolution to purchase a flag for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and have it raised upon its arrival, and keep it raised until the end of October. The flag was raised on Tuesday, September 21. In future years, the City’s flag policy will be updated to include raising this flag for the entire month of September.
Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, find resources, and more on our new Reconciliation page: