National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Resources for Learning and Reflection

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

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for former residential school students: 1-866-925-4419 

September 30 is the national statutory holiday commemorating the 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 meaningful action on reconciliation. These resources have been updated for 2023.



Watch and Listen - films and podcasts 

  • National Film Board
  • Podcasts: Missing and Murdered, CBC 
    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.  

Header image is from "Wisdom of the Universe," a beautiful painting from award-winning Métis artist Christi Belcourt

Additional resources can be found on the Decolonization and Indigenous Issues page. 


September 28, 2023