Truth and Reconciliation

Content warning: The materials below contain references to violence against Indigenous people. Please take care when engaging with them.  

September 30 is the new national statutory holiday commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

When it published its findings in 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued 94 Calls to Action designed “to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.”

Call to Action 80 states:

“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

Here are some resources to use on September 30 and after to learn, reflect, and consider how you can take action on truth and reconciliation.

Participate 

Truth and Reconciliation Week - September 27 to October 1 

Free online event on the following themes:

  • Day 1 - Treaties, Land Claims, Unceded Territories 
  • Day 2 - Language and Culture 
  • Day 3 - Truth and Reconciliation  
  • Day 4 - Orange Shirt Day 
  • Day 5 - Elder and Youth Dialogues.

Recordings of events will be available on YouTube the following day.

Registration is required to attend. 

Indigenous Canada - free online course, University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies 

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Participants acquire a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships. 

Read – Reports 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reports and Calls to Action (2015) 

 National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2019): 

  • All reports 
  • Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 
  • Supplementary Report: Quebec 
    • Gives particular attention to the issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls in that province. 
  • Calls for Justice 
    • 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians. 

Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec: listening, reconciliation, and progress (2019) 

Inquiry established after the broadcast of a news story that shared dozens of Indigenous women’s experiences with violence from police officers in in Val d’Or, Québec. 

Listen - podcasts 

Through storytelling and investigative reporting, these podcasts provide insight into the experiences of Indigenous families as they seek justice and  the continued impacts of the colonial polices of Indian Residential Schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the ongoing apprehension of Indigenous children by social service departments.  

  • Season 1: Who Killed Alberta Williams?  
    • A gripping eight-part podcast investigation that unearths new information and potential suspects in the cold case of a young Indigenous woman murdered in British Columbia in 1989.  
  • Season 2: Finding Cleo 
    • This riveting 10-part podcast investigates the fate of Cleo Semaganis, a Cree youth taken from her family by child welfare workers in the 1970s and adopted in the US.

This podcast series reclaims Indigenous history by exploring words whose meanings have been twisted by centuries of colonization. Episode 11 is on Reconciliation.

 

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September 24, 2021