The Town of Cochrane will be closing municipal operations on Sept. 30 in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge will also be lit orange in commemoration of this statutory holiday.

The Town of Cochrane will be closing all administrative operations that day, including the RancheHouse, Operations Centre, Family Resource Network, Family and Community Support Services, and the Eco Centre.

Waste collection services will operate as scheduled.

“As the town sets aside time to honour and reflect on the day, we encourage the community to do so as well,” says Mayor Jeff Genung. “This is a time for us to come together as a community to honour survivors, their families, and their communities. And to ensure that the public commemoration of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

In making the determination to fully support the intent of the statutory holiday, administration reflected on both its human resources administrative directive and Teamsters collective agreement which state that the town will honour any federally named general holiday.

This was extended to staff who are members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) union.