Thursday, September 30, 2021 is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
What can we do to recognize this important day?
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to stand with Indigenous peoples. This day, and every day, we need to take action and create spaces where Indigenous peoples are seen and heard. Other ways in which you can acknowledge this day are:
- Wear orange to show support – if purchasing a shirt do so through Indigenous-owned organizations whose proceeds contribute directly to the cause
- Remember all those that did not make it home and back to their families
- Educate yourself on the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, especially residential schools
- Learn how to properly acknowledge the land you live on
- Read the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report
- Donate to Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
To learn more about the diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, click here.
Mental health supports available
Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310