The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on Thursday, September 30th. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada defines reconciliation as establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
This day is an opportunity to listen, learn and reflect. It is also an opportunity to influence new ways of thinking and consider your role, your community, and your company’s role in reconciliation.
Your journey is unique to you but the following is a list of resources you may find useful:
- There is a general public schedule of virtual events available for National Truth and Reconciliation Week.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action
- RMWB 6 Week Reconciliation Challenge
- ATC’s Orange Path is a movement that helps each person shape their path toward reconciliation.
- RMWB Speaker Series
- We Were Children is a film from Tim Wolochatiuk and the National Film Board of Canada that tells the story about the residential school experience.
- The Legacy of Hope Foundation site hosts a selection of Survivor stories drawn from the Our Stories…Our Strength video collection.
- #IndigenousReads is an initiative from the Government of Canada that encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing Indigenous literature.
- The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
- Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
- Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day. Started by Phyllis Webstab, this is a day to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.