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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


On September 30 with the Royal Asset of Bill C-5, Canada recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day acknowledges the children whose lives were tragically lost and those who survived residential schools in our country. Today we acknowledge, recognize, support, and listen to survivors and Indigenous communities. 

What More Can We Do?

We encourage you to educate yourselves on this vital topic. We invite you to read last year’s article written by Mary-Ann Spearing, Residential Schools and the Inspiration for Orange Shirt Day, which is also on September 30. In the article you will learn a little more about Phyllis Webstad who is an Indigenous author and speaker and a survivor of residential schools. 

There are many reports and resources written that may provide a great starting point. 

> National Centre for Truth and Reconciliations website

> Local Love’s Land acknowledgements: Uncovering an Oral History of Tkaronto

> Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

> Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

> Native Land


You can show your support in other ways such as attending some of the events planned for the day around the GTA. The City of Toronto’s webpage has added some events including:

> Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – In the Spirit of Reconciliation. Georgian College, in partnership with Indigenous Services, presents a virtual conversation with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Honourary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Hearings, about what post-secondary institutions can do to honour the spirit of reconciliation

> Sept. 30, 7 p.m.: An evening of teaching with Sandra Campbell, presented by Toronto Urban Native Ministry is hosting, Shining Light on the Indian Residential School Legacy ($10, registration required).

> Sept. 30 – Oct. 3: Take part in the virtual 5K Remembrance Run, Rising Hearts

Let us work together to create a better Canada for the next generation. 


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