Statement by Goldy Hyder, President and CEO of the Business Council of Canada

Ottawa, September 30, 2021: Today we mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, joining people across Canada in honouring the lost children, the Survivors, the families and the communities affected by residential schools.

This is a day to reflect on the tragic legacy of the residential school system. It is equally a day to renew our commitment to reconciliation. To quote the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, reconciliation “will take many heads, hands, and hearts, working together, at all levels of society to maintain momentum in the years ahead.”

It is our collective responsibility to listen, learn, and establish and maintain relationships based on mutual respect. Reconciliation represents an important step in the journey toward revitalizing the ties between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. It offers a new way of living and working together to ensure the collective wellbeing of this generation and the many generations to come.