National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Each year on September 30th, starting in 2021, Canadians observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the survivors of the residential school system in Canada and the children who were never returned home.

Between 1867 and 1996 there were 140 federally run residential schools in Canada. The survivors of these residential schools advocated for recognition and reparations and demanded accountability for the intergenerational impacts caused by residential schools. Their efforts brought forth the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission released its final report detailing 94 calls to action and The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is a direct response to Call to Action 80.

The significance of Truth and Reconciliation Day is to acknowledge and address the historical and ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous peoples, particularly in the context of the residential school system. As a community of members who together take pride in building relationships and making connections, here are some ways you can participate in Truth and Reconciliation Day:

Wear Orange: Orange shirt day is an Indigenous-led commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community impacted by residential schools, and to promote “Every Child Matters.”

Education and Awareness: Educate yourself about the history and ongoing issues faced by Indigenous communities in your area.

Engage with Indigenous Communities: Build relationships and engage with local Indigenous communities and leaders to better understand their perspectives and priorities.

Support Indigenous-Owned Businesses: Promote and buy from Indigenous-owned businesses and artisans.

Amplify Indigenous Voices: Use your platforms and networks to amplify the voices of Indigenous leaders, advocates, and organizations working towards reconciliation.

Remember that recognizing Truth and Reconciliation Day is not a one-time event but an ongoing commitment to fostering understanding, respect, and positive change.

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