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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation-September 30th

10 actions you can take today in the spirit of reconciliation

On September 30th, Canadians are called upon to wear orange to acknowledge the harmful legacy of the Canadian residential school system, and bear witness to the healing journey of survivors and their families.

With the last residential school in Canada closing in 1997, the impacts of this history continues to be relevant within the healthcare system and Canadian society. As Canadians listen and believe the truths of Indigenous peoples, we use this day as a call to action to create a better Canada. Here are ten things you can do today to help move towards reconciliation.

Wear Orange. Wearing orange on September 30th is to acknowledge and witness the truths behind the residential school system. Wearing orange creates awareness, and honours the healing journey of victims, survivors, and their families.

Watch a virtual event online hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Link: https://nctr.ca/new-prime-time-broadcast-special-to-mark-the-first-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation/

Watch “The Orange Shirt Story” by Phyllis Webstad on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBvA1cNo7o8 

Read books by Indigenous authors about residential schools.  Some great books are featured right here on CBCKids!

Share your teachings with friends and families.

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Calls for Action Recommendations.  Click HERE to download.

Make a Ribbon Skirt. Click HERE for the Youtube video.

Donate to an Indigenous organization that is working to bring education and awareness about the history of residential schools to the public. Here are a few to consider:
• Orange Shirt Day
• Legacy of Hope Foundation – Indigenous-led charitable organization
• The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund – Indigenous Reconciliation

Stay engaged with the message and the movement. The path to reconciliation takes more than a day. It requires all of us to take action in our personal and professional lives on an ongoing basis.

Listen to the wind, look at the sky and reflect….  

If you are a former residential school student in distress, or have been affected by the residential school system and need help, you can contact the 24-hour Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419, or the Indian Residential School Survivors Society toll free line at 1-800-721-0066.

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Twyla Storey