National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which recognizes the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools, and honours those who were lost, Survivors, their families and their communities. Between the 1830s and the 1990s, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were taken from their families and communities and forced to attend schools designed to strip them of their languages and cultures. Survivors called for recognition and reparations and demanded accountability for the lasting legacy of harm caused by these schools and other wrongs committed against the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. In December of 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report detailing ninety-four Calls to Action to begin the reconciliation process.

We all have a role to play in the journey towards reconciliation – we encourage you to take time to listen, to learn and to reflect. If you are looking for a place to begin, we suggest the resources of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba. You can access their website here: