The discovery of unmarked graves on the grounds of residential schools shocked our nation. Canadians across the country are reminded that, to realize the Canada that we aspire to create, we must have honest conversations about our history and how it informs today's public policy so that everyone who lives on this land can enjoy peace, justice, and security.
September 30 is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Let's mark the day with reflection and discussion in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.
Here are a few ways you can mark this historic day:
- Participate in the creation of a giant dream catcher at the Paperny Family JCC. Be part of making this communal Indigenous symbol while watching short videos, listening to testimonies of residential school survivors, and learning about this dark era of Canadian history.
- Wear an orange shirt from a local Indigenous vendor to show your allyship and solidarity.
- Tune into the City of Calgary's live broadcast of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day event at noon on Thursday, September 30.
- Browse the Calgary Public Library's website for resources and awareness specific to their commitment to truth and reconciliation for Indigenous peoples and communities.
- Participate in one of the many community-led National Truth and Reconciliation events listed by the Calgary Foundation.
- Watch Calgary Foundation's Stories of the Land – Acknowledging Treaty 7 Territory and read Treaty 7 Territory Land Acknowledgements.
- Attend National Truth and Reconciliation Week events from September 27 to October 1 (students, teachers, and the public) to learn about the lived experiences of Residential School Survivors, communities, and the journey of truth and reconciliation.
- Download the Government of Canada's Reconciliation: A Starting Point mobile app.
- Visit the residential schools timeline.
- Learn about the history of residential schools.
- Review the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Summary Report that identifies 94 Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.
- Read novels written by Indigenous authors.
- Visit a museum collection online.
- Talk about Truth and Reconciliation with your family and loved ones using the Kitchen Table Dialogue Guide as a framework for your event.