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TRC DAY

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. 

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION?

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.

About the Flag

START HERE: THE BASICS

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

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html 

Read: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Residential School History: https://nctr.ca/education/teaching-resources/residential-school-history/

Read: The Canadian Encyclopedia - History of Residential Schools Timeline 

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/timeline/residential-schools 

Read: An Overview of the Indian Residential School System

https://www.anishinabek.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AnOverviewoftheIRSSystemBooklet.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2p_7Q49svHHivRRniRIxEXtyQqGm6Oh6zaFIJllXg1uGhSFz4oYH-GicQ 

Read: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/indigenous-people/aboriginal-peoples-documents/calls_to_action_english2.pdf 

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

https://csps-efpc.gc.ca/video/ssontr-eng.aspx 

Watch: Senator Murray Sinclair on Reconciliation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b78rf6J7x4c&ab_channel=fncaringsociety 

Watch: Orange Shirt Society - Canadian Residential School History https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFbLMNgTXeI&ab_channel=OrangeShirtSociety 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOpGVXxeN2w&ab_channel=NationalCentreforTruthandReconciliation 



READ

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP): https://www.un.org/development/desa/indigenouspeoples/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/11/UNDRIP_E_web.pdf

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

https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Calls_for_Justice.pdf 

NY Times Residential School Photo Essay 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/05/world/canada/Indigenous-residential-schools-photos.html

History of Orange Shirt Day: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/about-us.html 

Briarpatch: Decolonizing Together

https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/decolonizing-together 

The Narwhal: TRC/UNDRIP 

https://thenarwhal.ca/the-road-to-reconciliation-starts-with-the-un-declaration-on-the-rights-of-indigenous-peoples/ 

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

​​https://onlc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Medicine-Wheel-Student-Manual1.pdf 

Gov’t of Canada: Treaties and Agreements 

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100028574/1529354437231 

Indian Residential Schools Settlement Case 

https://www.afn.ca/policy-sectors/indian-residential-schools/ 

APTN Video & Article: Survivor Testimony 

https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/it-was-horrid-survivor-tells-aptn-news-about-loss-and-fear-at-kamloops-residential-school/?fbclid=IwAR1JDJt5WZvck25XLFnUa5MMy4u4SGafqf4YziBcw4U-NI7MYsHFlBdjtg0 



WATCH 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) Multi-Day Live Stream: https://nctr.ca/education/trw/general-public-schedule/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAbXOPNigEw&ab_channel=NationalCentreforTruthandReconciliation 

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

https://gem.cbc.ca/media/mashkawi-manidoo-bimaadiziwin-spirit-to-soar/s01e01

The Breach: Taking Children Taking Land 

https://breachmedia.ca/taking-children-taking-land/

Global TV: Failing Canada’s First Nations Children 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhEh-D7IRQc&ab_channel=CrimeBeatTV 

NCTR: Survivor Panel on Missing Children

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsZnaP5sWYs&ab_channel=NationalCentreforTruthandReconciliation 

NCTR: Every Child Matters - Education Through Reconciliation 

https://fb.watch/8jcNXYehPS/ 

Canadian School of Public Servants: Elder Talk: Exploring Identity 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZLoHCeXCtw&ab_channel=CanadaSchoolofPS%2F%C3%89coledelaFPduCanada 

The Indian Act Explained 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=video+The+Indian+Act+Explained&view=detail&mid=8743DDA279AC284187FB8743DDA279AC284187FB&FORM=VIRE 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-KcMefnqUs&ab_channel=TEDxTalks 



LISTEN 

Hot Take: There's No Climate Justice Without Indigenous Sovereignty, with Rebecca Nagle https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/theres-no-climate-justice-without-indigenous-sovereignty/id1488414960?i=1000490239886  

All My Relations: Healing The Land IS Healing Ourselves https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/all-my-relations-podcast/id1454424563?i=1000475953710

Unreserved: Reconciliation Reality Check with Murray Sinclair https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/unreserved/id1030476712?i=1000536544407

Sandy and Nora: Residential School Reckoning https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/residential-school-reckoning/id1207134835?i=1000523819235 

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

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation-orange-shirt-day/id1450213055?i=1000535955982

The Intercept: Stealing  Children to Steal the Land https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/stealing-children-to-steal-the-land/id1195206601?i=1000525717683

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

https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/front-burner/id1439621628?i=1000523757333

NYTimes The Daily: State Sponsored Abuse in Canada

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/16/podcasts/the-daily/canada-indigenous-residential-schools.html 



CONTINUED LEARNING & FREE COURSES

Reconciliation - App for Govt of Cda Public Servants

https://csps-efpc.gc.ca/tools/apps/ils/index-eng.aspx 

University of Alberta Indigenous Canada Course 

https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html 

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