As part of our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, the Alzheimer Society of B.C., including the First Link® Dementia Helpline, will be closed on September 30 to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools.
September 30 is meant to be a solemn day, much like Remembrance Day. We mark it to honour, to reflect and to reaffirm our commitment to truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples who call this land home. It is an opportunity to educate ourselves on the history of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures who have shaped – and continue to shape – the land on which we live. The Society encourages all our supporters to observe the day, whether that is through quiet reflection or taking part in a public observance.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. is dedicated to making the ongoing work of truth and reconciliation central to our vision and mission. As we seek to build a dementia-friendly province, where all people living with dementia are acknowledged, valued and feel they belong, it is vital that we keep sight of the role that truth and reconciliation plays in making this a reality.