National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we remember the horrific—and continuing—legacy of Canada’s residential schools, which more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1997. We honour the children who never returned home, the Survivors, and the families and communities forever impacted. 

Guided by the day’s purpose, we are sharing resources that spotlight this continuing legacy and offer opportunities to learn and act. Across our social media channels, we are inviting our audiences to share this list of resources and to add and recommend many others.

The annual Orange Shirt Day (@OrangeShirtSoc) works to expand and lead a global conversation on all aspects of residential schools

One Day’s Pay @GiveOneDaysPay invites citizens, organizations, businesses, and communities to act by giving one day’s pay (or an amount of their choice) to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations. 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada @NWAC_CA is a national Indigenous organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada. Pauktuutit @Pauktuutit is the national non-profit organization representing all Inuit women in Canada.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation @NCTR_UM‘s seminal reports and related resources include the historic 94 calls to action (one of which was a call for today’s holiday): 

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls found: “persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations…are the root cause behind …staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.”

Pam Palmater’s (@Pam_Palmater) essential compilation of public findings and reports contains “significant historical and current fact-based information, findings and recommendations about how to address the gross injustices faced by Indigenous peoples.”

The Circle on Philanthropy  @TheCircleCanada seeks to transform philanthropy and contribute to positive change between Philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada @psac_afpc is sharing this helpful and extensive collection of resources to learn more and take action: VISIT:

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