National Truth & Reconciliation Day

Today, September 30th, is National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Some people having been coming to terms with the meaning behind this day for years; it has been a painful process of understanding every Canadian's role and relation to our indigenous people. For others, today may be the first time they've been forced to come face to face with this and really begin working through its significance. Regardless of where you stand, we're glad you're here. Here is some information to help you better understand what today means:

First, what is National Truth and Reconciliation Day? writes, "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."

This day was born out of Orange Shirt Day, a grassroots indigenous movement designed to bring more awareness to what Canada allowed happen at residential schools and the ongoing impacts on its victims families and survivors. writes, "this day relates to the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, on her first day of school, where she arrived dressed in a new orange shirt, which was taken from her. It is now a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations."

Over 6000 bodies of children have been found on residential school properties across the United States and Canada. National Truth and Reconciliation Day is a way for Canada to confront it's past, grieve the loss of these precious lives, and commit to being better when it comes to our indigenous relations. This doesn't mean empty promises of reconciliation, it means action and advocacy at every turn. 

So, how can you show your support on National Truth and Reconciliation Day? The Globe and Mail has an excellent article with resources that you can read by clicking here. Most importantly: listen. Take a moment to set aside any preconceived notions you may have and make space to really connect. This is uncomfortable work, but it is good work and it is important. 

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