September 30th, 2021, marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The federal government established the new federal holiday in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action #80.
“A National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will ensure that our shared history will not be forgotten. Advancing reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis requires all Canadians to listen, learn and act.” — The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
This year our office will close and encourage staff to reflect on their own contributions to reconciliation. This day provides Canadians an opportunity to reflect on the impacts of colonization, particularly the residential school system. Native Child and Family Services released an extensive list of resources on how to support and amplify Indigenous voices. Learn more here.
Learn more about the Indigenous history of your local area by searching your location here: https://native-land.ca/ . The mapping website provides information on the indigenous groups who lived in the area, languages, and treaty lines.
We have been moved by the Twisted Histories podcast which shares stories from Indigenous communities across Canada. The podcast demonstrates the importance of language and discusses the complex meaning behind words. Host Kaniehti:io Horn brings us together to decolonize our minds– one word, one concept, one story at a time. Listen here.
We also encourage you to listen to Nikamovin, an online platform that features Indigenous artists. Enjoy!