Legal Aid Alberta announces early closure Sept. 29 for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Legal Aid Alberta allows employees time for learning and reflection to honour residential school survivors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Legal Aid AB
September 27, 2023

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, Legal Aid Alberta offices will close early to the public on Friday, September 29 to allow our teams to participate in an employee learning event to foster meaningful reflection on our role in reconciliation.

While LAA offices will be operational on the morning and early afternoon of September 29, there will be some early closures:

  • The Contact Centre phone lines will close at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
  • Our main reception lines will close at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 29.
  • Phone services will resume at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, October 2.

Courts across Alberta will continue to operate throughout the day, and Legal Aid Alberta’s duty counsel service, including the Justice of the Peace Bail team, will remain available to the public. Lawyers with scheduled court appearances and client meetings will proceed as planned.

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we dedicate time to honour residential school survivors, families, and communities. As our team works with Indigenous individuals and in Indigenous court, we’re dedicated to ensuring Indigenous voices are heard in the justice system and addressing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people.

Events in your community

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The day will include teachings, stories, dancing, drumming, and a traditional circle dance. Also, at the event – local Indigenous artisans and a tipi.  Come show your support and learn about local history. Learn more

Date: September 30, 2023
12 – 6 p.m.
Location: West Edmonton Mall, Centre Stage, Level One, Phase I, Edmonton

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Display
Kingsway Mall honours the survivors of the residential school system and honours the memory of those children who have been lost. From September 28-30, guests of the mall can visit a display on the main level near the Starbucks. The display recognizes the resilience of Indigenous people in our community, and across the continent and will culminate in a lighting of the candles on September 30th. Learn more

Date: September 28, 2023 – September 30, 2023
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Kingsway Mall, Edmonton

Orange Shirt Day Community Walk
Walk alongside us in honour of survivors who are gone and those still walking with us. We see, honour, and respect every person holding space to heal. Learn more

Date: September 30, 2023
12 – 5 p.m.
10465 97 Street NW, Edmonton

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Join us for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Mission Park this September 30 to honour the survivors of and the children who never returned home from residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Learn more

Date: September 30, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: 15 Mission Avenue, St. Albert

Orange Shirt Day at Fort Calgary
Commemorate Indian residential school victims, honour survivors and their families, and commit to acting on reconciliation. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear orange as a sign of support and to honour the children who didn’t return from residential schools across the country. Learn more

Date: September 30, 2023
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. SE, Calgary

The Children Commemorative Walk and Gathering

The Pokaiks annual walk and gathering will be held in alignment with Orange Shirt Day and, of course, National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Those looking to participate are asked to meet at City Hall and are encouraged to wear orange. Learn more

Date: September 30, 2023
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Calgary City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

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