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Truth & Reconciliation

Website Resources

Below, Caledon Public Library has provided a list of resources as starting points for further learning and education about Truth and Reconciliation and the Residential School System in Canada. This is by no means a comprehensive list and we encourage those looking for more information to talk to one of our Reference staff members. 

Many of these websites and resources may contain very sensitive subject matter and may trigger negative memories for survivors and their families. We advise people to use discretion when viewing or showing them.

In the event of immediate distress, please call the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.

Land Acknowledgement

A territorial or land acknowledgement is a formal statement that recognizes the unique and enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. Click here to view Caledon Public Library’s Land Acknowledgement.

Adult Recommendations

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
Nishga by Jordan Abel
Picking Up the Pieces : Residential Achool Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket by Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson
From Bear Rock Mountain : The Life and Times of a Dene Residential School Survivor by Antoine Mountain
Secret Path by by Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire
The Reason You Walk by Wab Kinew
Pathways of Reconciliation : Indigenous and Settler Approaches to Implementing the TRC
The Education of Augie Merasty : A Residential School Memoir by Joseph Auguste Merasty
Up Ghost River : A Chief
Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada
Reclaiming Tom Longboat: Indigenous Self-Determination in Canadian Sport by Janice Forsyth
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future : Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada by Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Teen Recommendations

What I Remember, What I Know: The Life of a High Arctic Exile by Larry Audlaluk
Surviving the City by Tasha Spillet
Dreaming in Colour by Melanie Florence
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
#NotYourPrincess by Lisa Charleyboy
If I Go Missing by Brianna Jonnie
Red Wolf by Jennifer Dance
Urban Tribes by Mary Beth Leatherdale
Reckoner Rises by David Robertson
Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzi-Damm
A Girl Called Echo: Pemmican Wars by Katherena Vermette

Children Recommendations

Go show the world by Wab Kinew
The barren grounds by David Robertson
Encounter by Brittany Luby
Meennunyakaa = Blueberry patch by Jennifer Leason
Powwow : a celebration through song and dance by Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane
Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids by Cynthia Leitich Smith
The girl and the wolf by Katherena Vermette
Sometimes I feel like a fox by Danielle Daniel
Awâsis and the world-famous bannock by Dallas Hunt
Kamik takes the lead by Darryl Baker
Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation September 30, 2021

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is designated as an opportunity to ‘recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools.’ It was originally proposed in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which under Action 80 called upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish a statutory holiday “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.”

You may already know that September 30 has been observed since 2013 as Orange Shirt Day, a movement to recognizing the colonial legacy of residential schools and the commitment to the continuous process of reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day recalls the experience of residential school Survivor Phyllis Webstad, who at six was stripped of her shiny new orange shirt on her first day attending the St. Joseph Mission Residential School near Williams Lake, BC. The date of September 30 was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend residential schools.