Public Statement by Ontario's three Chief Justices regarding September 30th, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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Friday, September 30th is the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day to recognize the tragic legacy of the residential school system and the ways it continues to affect Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It is a day to mourn the children who did not return from residential school and to honour the survivors, their families, and the resilience of their communities.

To allow for reflection on this important day, the Courts will be closed except for certain matters that must be heard.

In the Ontario Court of Justice, only 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.

In the Court of Appeal for Ontario, no motions or appeals are scheduled for that day.


George Strathy
Chief Justice of Ontario
Court of Appeal of Ontario
Geoffrey Morawetz
Chief Justice
Superior Court of Justice
Lise Maisonneuve
Chief Justice
Ontario Court of Justice