Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. It’s a pretty momentous occasion.
Today we’re taking time to give space to Indigenous voices. We’re stepping back to listen and learn, and we invite you to do the same. We’ve compiled a list of stories, videos, courses and articles that help explain truth and reconciliation, share Indigenous perspectives, and suggest ways to learn, reflect and commemorate this day.
It’s a new national day of recognition that some provinces have also made a statutory holiday. Some of you will be working today, some of you will have the day off. All of us can read, watch, listen, learn and share on this day and any day going forward.
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba has shared activities all week with schools, teachers and families across the country.
- They also have a full schedule of events that you can participate in today or check in on at a later time. Truth and Reconciliation isn’t a one day thing; it needs to happen every day.
- Another simple approach would be to read the 94 recommendations from the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and reflect on what actions you and your family and community can take.
- Schools, colleges and universities across the country are also sharing information, stories and opportunities to learn. We encourage you to look up what your local educational institutes are sharing. Lakehead University in Thunder Bay has shared this program on learning truths and taking action. Watch the YouTube video here.
- Another example is Royal Roads University in Victoria which has compiled these resources.
- The University of British Columbia shares this collection of articles and actions for better understanding for a better world.
- CBC lists 48 books to read by Indigenous writers to understand residential schools.
- And the Nahanee Creative has short courses–one hour or so–and workbooks for sale to learn from on your own or in groups.
Regardless of what you choose to do for this inaugural National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, it is important to remember that this work and learning goes beyond a single day. And we invite you to share with us what you’re learning, what has resonated with you, and what actions you’re taking.