City of London to recognize National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, the City of London will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis Residential and Day School survivors, their families and communities. Recognizing the historical and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools, and publicly commemorating their harmful legacy remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.

“In the spirit of reconciliation, education and hope, on September 30 we encourage all Londoners to wear orange and honour those who survived residential schools and remember those who did not,” says Mayor Morgan.” Learning more about this day is important. It is a step towards understanding our country's history and an even bigger step towards creating a better future for all.” 

The City also recognizes September 30 as Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous grassroot movement that began in 2013 by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad to create awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools.

City of London facilities and office closures

All City administrative offices will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2023, including City Hall, Citi Plaza, all Ontario Works offices, and the Provincial Offences Administrative Office.

Ontario Works monthly cheque pick-ups at Citi Plaza will take place on Friday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From Friday, September 29 to Monday, October 2, City of London buildings will be lit orange and the 'Survivor's Flag' will be raised at City Hall. City of London community centres, aquatic centres and Storybook Gardens will remain open.

Garbage or recycling collection

There will be no curbside garbage or recycling collection on Monday, October 2.

Please refer to the online Collection Calendar, or use Zone Finder for your next scheduled curbside collection day.

Apartment buildings will not have garbage collected but the recycling will be collected as scheduled. Please visit the Holiday Collection Schedule for Apartment Buildings for your next scheduled garbage collection date. 

EnviroDepots and the Landfill will remain open as scheduled on Saturday, September 30 and Monday, October 2.

Land acknowledgement

The City of London is situated on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron. We honour and respect the history, languages and culture of the diverse Indigenous people who call this territory home. The City of London is currently home to many First Nations, Métis and Inuit today. As representatives of the people of the City of London, we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and live in this territory.

Last modified:Thursday, September 14, 2023