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We've assembled a library of resources in the hope that non-Indigenous members will find it a useful tool, and dig into the content offered, not only this Thursday, but in the days, weeks, and years to come as we work to become better allies and accomplices in the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and climate justice. 


A new federal statutory holiday building off of the legacy and momentum generated by Orange Shirt Day; a grassroots initiative inspired by the story told by former residential school student Phyllis (Jack) Webstad about her first day at residential school as a six year old when her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, was stolen from her. Truth and Reconciliation Day was established in response to No. 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action: 

We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 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

From Gov’t of Canada: 

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, 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.

The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) received Royal Assent.

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Read: Gov’t of Canada Explainer on TRC & Orange Shirt Day 

Read: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Residential School History:

Read: The Canadian Encyclopedia - History of Residential Schools Timeline 

Read: An Overview of the Indian Residential School System 

Read: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: 

Watch: Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation (for Public Servants, but still helpful for us!) 

Watch: Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation 

Watch: Orange Shirt Society - Canadian Residential School History 

Watch: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Doing the Work: What Settlers Need to Know 


United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP):

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls - Calls for Justice 

NY Times Residential School Photo Essay

History of Orange Shirt Day: 

Briarpatch: Decolonizing Together 

The Narwhal: TRC/UNDRIP 

Teachings of the Medicine Wheel (Phase 1 - Basic Teachings)


Gov’t of Canada: Treaties and Agreements 

Indian Residential Schools Settlement Case 

APTN Video & Article: Survivor Testimony 


National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) Multi-Day Live Stream:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) 3 part webinar on Allyship and Reconciliation 

Spirit to Soar (about students who have died in Thunder Bay since 2000)

The Breach: Taking Children Taking Land

Global TV: Failing Canada’s First Nations Children 

NCTR: Survivor Panel on Missing Children 

NCTR: Every Child Matters - Education Through Reconciliation 

Canadian School of Public Servants: Elder Talk: Exploring Identity 

The Indian Act Explained 

A Journey of Discovery, Truth and Reconciliation - Cecelia Reekie TEDX 


Hot Take: There's No Climate Justice Without Indigenous Sovereignty, with Rebecca Nagle  

All My Relations: Healing The Land IS Healing Ourselves

Unreserved: Reconciliation Reality Check with Murray Sinclair

Sandy and Nora: Residential School Reckoning 

Interior Voices Podcast: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Orange Shirt Day

The Intercept: Stealing  Children to Steal the Land

Front Burner: Residential school survivors mourn after discovery of unmarked graves

NYTimes The Daily: State Sponsored Abuse in Canada 


Reconciliation - App for Govt of Cda Public Servants 

University of Alberta Indigenous Canada Course 

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