Ontario Chief Justices: Statement regarding September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • September 09, 2021

The three Chief Justices from Ontario's courts have issued the following joint statement:

Thursday, September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that serves as a significant reminder of the tragic consequences of the residential school system and its ongoing impact on Indigenous peoples across Canada. It calls on us to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that we continue to acknowledge these experiences as part of the reconciliation process.

This day calls upon all of us to reflect on the importance of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Our Courts will be closed except for certain matters that must be heard. In the Ontario Court of Justice, Weekend and Statutory Holiday (bail) courts will operate. In the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, urgent matters such as those heard on statutory holidays will be heard. Further details of court operations on September 30 will be provided by each court.