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 30th 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.
- Attend National Truth and Reconciliation Week events from September 27 to October 1 (students, teachers, and the public)and The Prairie Federal Council and the Canada School of Public Service’s virtual event 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 school timeline
- Learn about the history of residential schools and the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action
- Watch a Nigigoonsiminikaaning Elder speak about reconciliation and moving forward
- Read novels written by Indigenous authors
- Watch a Naicatchewenin Elder explains why land is sacred
- 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.