September 30th marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day for reflection and change. It’s a time to remember those that endured the trauma of the residential school system and countless other historical injustices. It’s a time to recognize the role we all play in reconciliation with Indigenous people.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission defines reconciliation as establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people. In order for that to happen, there has to be awareness of the past, an acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted, atonement and action to change behaviour.
Reconciliation is a not just one activity but a series of actions. Credit Valley Conservation remains committed to engagement and partnership with Indigenous Nations, communities and peoples. As a community-based environmental organization, we are learning, growing and taking steps to support reconciliation efforts. We encourage everyone to spend time learning more about the path to truth and reconciliation.
- Take time to learn about the history of Indigenous Peoples of Canada
- Contemplate any personal discomfort resulting from Canada’s actions
- Read the 94 Call to Actions in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and recognize your role in the work that needs to be done
- Learn how to properly acknowledge the land we live on
- Support authentic Indigenous businesses, experiences, artists, and events
- Learn how teachers can incorporate the Residential Schools in Canada Education Guide into lesson planning
- How To Talk To Kids About The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation