Today, September 30, Marks the Second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

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On this day we commend the courage and strength of the Indigenous survivors of residential schools, their families, and their communities, in their commemoration of the tragic and painful history that colonialism has brought upon them. 

We reflect on the lost children, the ongoing trauma and the ongoing struggles of our Indigenous communities to access things most Canadians are able to take for granted. 

Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s staff will be observing this second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation through education and reflection. As an organization, we are committed to learning from the tragic history and to honouring the courage of Indigenous peoples. We encourage our community to take the time today to honour the day, have meaningful discussions, reflect, and to understand the actions we can all take towards truth and reconciliation.

The call for a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is part of the 94 calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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