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NOSM Recognizing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on September 13, 2021

In June 2021, the federal government passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory day of remembrance called National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

To observe this day of reflection, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) will be closed to provide the NOSM community with an opportunity to reflect on reconciliation and participate in community events. Non-Indigenous people looking to reflect on the legacies of the residential school system may choose to learn more from Survivors.

On Wednesday, September 29 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., everyone is invited to listen, learn, and reflect on the impacts of residential schools, and recently uncovered truths of the unmarked burial sites of Indigenous children at and near Residential School locations across Canada. Empowering families and communities—as we collectively support their decision as to how to best honour the burials of loved ones who did not make it home—is one step towards reconciliation. More information is available on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation page on the NOSM website.

NOSM respectfully acknowledges that the entirety of the school’s wider campus of Northern Ontario is on the homelands of First Nations and Métis Peoples. The medical school buildings in Sudbury and Thunder Bay are located on the territory of the Anishinabek Nation, specifically Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae First Nations and Fort William First Nation.