Canada Post announces annual reconciliation stamp
‘It is part of our collective duty to acknowledge and honour the experiences of Indigenous peoples,’ says CEO
Starting next year, Canada Post plans to issue an annual stamp in honour of truth and reconciliation.
The company said Monday that it plans to work with Indigenous experts in designing the new line of stamps, and that this initiative is part of its “commitment to the principles of truth and reconciliation.”
The announcement was made during the lead-up to Sept. 30, the inaugural National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
“As a country, it is part of our collective duty to acknowledge and honour the experiences of Indigenous peoples and to move forward together, in a spirit of healing,” said Doug Ettinger, the president and CEO of Canada Post, in a news release. “We hope this annual stamp series can help facilitate that.”
Most of Canada Post’s operations will be closed on Sept. 30. Postal employees working on that day, as well as the day before, have been told they can wear orange shirts, which symbolize the abuses suffered by Indigenous students at residential schools. Canada Post’s headquarters in Ottawa has also been lit in orange in the week leading up to Sept. 30.