National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: #HonourTheDay
September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
As we reflect on the ongoing colonial structures that oppress our Indigenous peers and commit to actions within our circles to advocate for change, it's important to listen Indigenous peoples by hearing their stories and learning from their lived experiences. Here are some links and suggestions to begin with today:
- Article - All Canadians should take Sept. 30 to observe National Truth and Reconciliation Day: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-al...
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Reports: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
- 35 Books to Read: https://www.cbc.ca/books/35-books-to-read-for-nati...- Compiled for National Indigenous History Month in June 2021.
- 7 Indigenous Podcasts: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/podcasts-cbc-listen... - Discussing themes of decolonization, Indigenous traditions, and more.
- Calls to Action - child-friendly: https://twitter.com/cblackst/status/1443528163766771712
- Search #HonourTheDay on your preferred social media platforms to read, learn, and amplify Indigenous voices through your own streams.
- Seek out local Indigenous-led organizations, charities, and mutual aid initiatives to support.
- Download APTN's #HonourTheDay digital toolkit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/podcasts-cbc-listen...
- Explore some of the resources here: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaig..
- Learn about the International Indigenous Music Summit: https://www.indigenousmusicsummit.com/
Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.