Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation & Orange Shirt Day.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”. The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.
To learn more about Orange Shirt Day visit: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/
To learn more about National Day for Truth and Reconciliation visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
For more Truth and Reconciliation resources visit: https://caledon.library.on.ca/truth-reconciliation/
Check out the following reads to learn more and get the conversation started.
Residential Schools: The Devastating Impact on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Findings and Calls for Action
This book outlines the history and impact of Canada’s residential schools and summarizes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s ninety-four calls to action. Includes links to video clips and other online resources.
A collection of powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America.
A graphic novel about the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous people. Combining fiction and non-fiction, this young adult graphic novel looks into one of the unique dangers of being an Indigenous teen in Canada today. The text of the book is derived from excerpts of a letter written to the Winnipeg Chief of Police by fourteen-year-old Brianna Jonnie–a letter that went viral and in which, Jonnie calls out the authorities for neglecting to immediately investigate and involve the public in the search for missing Indigenous people, and urges them to “not treat me as the Indigenous person I am proud to be” if she were to be reported missing.
Tells the story of Native Canadian Betty Ross who was taken away to a residential school.
Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive after the world is nearly destroyed by global warming and the Indigenous people of North America become hunted once it’s discovered that they are the only people who have retained the ability to dream and that their bone marrow can provide a cure.