About National Day for
Truth and Reconciliation
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
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.
what is reconciliation?
According to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. In order for that to happen, there must be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of harm, and action to change behaviour.
We recognize that reconciliation is not easily defined. It is not linear and does not have a clear endpoint. To us, reconciliation is a continuous process, a journey, that leads to improved outcomes for Indigenous Peoples.
Below are some useful links and resources to increase your awareness and help answer questions you may have. This resource list is a good place to start but there are many other great resources available as well.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Calls to Action
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Education Resources
Indian Residential School Survivors Society
Canadian National Film Board – Indigenous Film & Residential Schools