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Inspiring and empowering young people

Reflecting on Canada’s inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Today, we are pausing and reflecting on the history of residential schools in Canada – as well as celebrating the impact of inspirational Indigenous communities in our region.

We honour the children that did not return home to their families, the Survivors, their families, and communities. JA Central Ontario is proud to be working with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in our region, including youth, educators, businesses, and volunteers who participate in JA programs.

We acknowledge the truth of our history and believe reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians that requires action not just on this day, but every day.

About JA Central Ontario

JA Central Ontario envisions a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. They want to make sure all young people are economically empowered with the skills, confidence and networks to shape the future.

As a youth-centred charity, JA Central Ontario works together with a dedicated network of volunteers, partners and educators to deliver immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship and more. JA students benefit from mentorship and real-world experiences, transforming their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations as they build their futures.

JA Central Ontario impacts students in Halton, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham and Simcoe regions. They are part of one of the world’s most-impactful youth-serving social good organizations – JA Worldwide – and they work closely with our national network, JA Canada.