National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


Today marks the first inaugural National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, September 30th is a day to reflect on the horrific and inexcusable history of our country and its treatment of Indigenous peoples. We must learn from the past in order to do better now and in the future. 


I encourage you to read, learn, listen, and honour all those who were forced to experiance cultural genocide and mourn the loss of those who did not survive. 


The most important thing to do today, and every day, is to make space for Indigenous peoples to speak. Listen to their stories, support authentic Indigenous businesses, events, artists, and creators. 


Learn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day and the amazing person behind it.


Read the 94 Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Report. Recognize your role and how you can work to make a difference. 


Read through the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s website. They have incredible resources. 


Learn about the history of residential schools and the lasting and devastating impact they have had on the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. 






Look out for the logo below! The Original Original logo will help travelers and shoppers better identify Indigenous-owned businesses across Canada. 


If you are a non-Indigenous person, read the “Settlers Take Action” section of the On Canada Project to learn what your role is in reconciliation. 


For amazing travel experiences, go to destinationindigenous.ca 


For shopping, go to https://buyauthentic.ca/ 


Donate to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society HERE


Learn about the land you currently live on. The entirety of Ottawa was built on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe Territory. To learn more about the Algonquin peoples and their history, go to Algonquins of Ontario.


Speak with your friends and family about what you have learned and encourage them to do the same.  This is how we start to make big changes. The path towards reconciliation has just begun, and being allies 365 days a year is essential to the success of this journey.


The National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 (available 24/7), toll-free 1-800-721-0066


Hope for Wellness Help Line for Indigenous peoples all across Turtle Island 1-855-242-3310 or online chat at www.hopeforwellness.ca 


If you have any resources you think we should add to this list, please do not hesitate to reach out


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