Winnipeg, Manitoba – August 18, 2021 – Earlier this summer, the Federal Government announced the creation of a new federal statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. The day was established in response to the 80th call to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
While this holiday is not yet recognized under the provincial government, in support of the 80th call to action, Habitat Manitoba will provide time for our employees to commemorate the legacy of residential schools and honour survivors and their families in a way that is most appropriate to them. Our observation of this day is one way we are actively supporting Indigenous peoples, some of which we are honoured and privileged to serve through our program.
The closure includes the administrative offices, construction sites and ReStore locations in Winnipeg and Brandon.
About Habitat for Humanity Manitoba
Habitat for Humanity Manitoba is the local affiliate of a global non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing and to making decent housing a matter of conscience working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Since 1987, HFHM has partnered with local businesses, faith groups, and thousands of dedicated volunteers to build homes for over 450 Manitoba families.
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Habitat for Humanity Manitoba
Michelle Pereira, VP, Marketing, Communications & Philanthropy
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