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Honouring National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Orange drawing representing the truth and reconciliation day with an eagle, narwhal and beaded flower.

 

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. CAMSC recognizes the tragic and painful legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. We also acknowledge the ongoing impacts of residential schools on many of our members and their communities. To commemorate this significant day, we are sharing resources below to encourage you to take some time and explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and stories of the many Indigenous peoples who have been living here since time immemorial.

 

 

The Reconciliation: A Starting Point mobile app is a reference tool for learning about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord’s call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

 

Native Land Digital strives to create and foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-indigenous relations through educational resources. They create spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to be part of a better future as we advance together.

 

Reconciliation Canada invites individuals, neighbours, community groups, businesses, government, and other organizations to join them. Whether you are considering volunteering, donating, or looking for partnership opportunities, they will greatly appreciate your support.

Whether you are dedicating time to learning and/or donating resources to the cause, we must know that this is a path we should walk together. Find Indigenous resources in your community. Ask Indigenous people about the origin of the products and services you buy when they portray Indigenous art to ensure the right communities benefit. There’s never a better time to learn than today.