Miscellaneous September 29, 2023

Understanding and Supporting the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which recognizes the sorrow and suffering experienced by Indigenous peoples as a result of residential schools, is an important event in Canada. Reflection, education, and support of reconciliation efforts are all possible on this day. Here are some resources to help you better understand and support this significant day.

1. Learn the History

Understanding the history of residential schools and their effects on Indigenous communities is crucial to comprehending the significance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Begin by using these sources:

“Residential schools in Canada: A Timeline”
“Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada” (TRC) reports and findings

2. Read Indigenous Voices

It is essential to hear from Indigenous people. To gain knowledge and viewpoints, keep up with Indigenous writers, activists, and leaders. Some famous people are:

– Thomas King (Author of “The Inconvenient Indian”)

– Cindy Blackstock (Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society)

– Taiaiake Alfred (Author and Indigenous Governance Professor)

3. Engage with Documentaries and Film

Films and documentaries can give audiences a compelling visual grasp of the past and present problems. Consider watching:

“We Were Children” (2012)

“Trick or Treaty?” (2014)

“Indian Horse” (2017)

4. Support Indigenous Organizations

Donate to or volunteer with groups that help Indigenous communities fight to achieve reconciliation. Some notable examples are:

– Assembly of First Nations
– Indigenous Services Canada
– Reconciliation Canada
– Visit sketch and in the message, for SKETCH box note the donation for: Maamwizdaa or ODE.
True North Aid — “How to Help First Nations Communities in Canada” 

Canada Helps — “Donate to Indigenous Charities”

5. Attend a Local Event

Look for activities and projects associated with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in your area. Workshops, panel discussions, and ceremonies are frequently featured at these gatherings. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day here

6. Reflect. Observe. Educate.

On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30th), take time to participate in a moment of silence. Also share what you learn with your friends and family. Encourage them to participate in educational activities and discussions about reconciliation.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a vital step towards healing and reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada. Reconciliation is an ongoing journey, and it requires continuous effort and commitment from everyone. By educating ourselves, supporting Indigenous voices and organizations, and advocating for change, we can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future for all Canadians.

Other Resources

–  Hope for Wellness Help Line — The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24/7 to offer counseling and crisis intervention. Call toll-free at 855-242-3310, or visit https://www.hopeforwellness.ca

–  Indian Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419

–  ODE: Remembered Voices

(re)connections with Indigenous culture and community, led by and engaging Indigenous 2Spirit Youth https://www.facebook.com/ODE2S/

–  Maamwizdaa Cultural programming for Indigenous parents and children in the Weston Mount Dennis neighbourhood – https://www.facebook.com/maamwizdaa/