Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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A child and adult with masks on

The Toronto Zoo commemorates the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in partnership with Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, hosting programming throughout the day at the Zoos Main Entrance and First Nations Art Garden.


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An estimated 150,000 children were forced to attend residential schools between 1883 and 1996, according to the Canadian government. Thousands of students are known to have died in the schools, though the actual toll may never be known due to records being destroyed over the years. Now, for the first time, Canada is recognizing Sept. 30 as a federal holiday. The World’s Bianca Hillier reports.