September 30, 2021

The first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was observed on September 30.

The day recognizes and acknowledges the atrocities of the Residential School system and the lost children and survivors, their families and communities. We encourage our network to use this time to reflect on the significance of the day and what it means to you. This is our shared Canadian history. Reconciliation can take various forms including educating yourself about the significance and importance of the day and encouraging others to do the same. We have provided a list of resources to guide you in your personal journey.

Since the uncovering of graves in Kamloops in June, there have been numerous Indigenous communities searching additional Residential School sites throughout Canada and the numbers continue to grow as communities and families bring the spirits of their relatives home. We made a statement on the Kamloops Residential School acknowledging this in June and are upholding awareness of the searches.

Events and Resources:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is hosting a FREE 5-day national event, from September 27 to October 1, to continue the conversations from #EveryChildMatters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the Residential Schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.

Orange Shirt Day

  • The annual Orange Shirt Day on September 30 opens the door to global conversation on all aspects of Residential Schools. It is an opportunity to create meaningful discussion about the effects of Residential Schools and the legacy they have left behind.

A message from the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council (IPERC)

  • This message provided on National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous History Month includes important information and resources which are important in the path to Reconciliation

Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway

  • Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj (wah-bish-kih biish-ih-goo skaa-nch) is a learning pathway that aims to enhance researchers’ knowledge and awareness of racial biases, Indigenous voices and stories, the impact of colonization on Indigenous health, and culturally safe health research practices.
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