National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
Today marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commemorating the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
From the 1870s to 1996, approximately 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend residential schools. Tragically, many of them never returned home.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day of remembrance, but it is also a day of education and awareness. We encourage you to reflect on the legacy of residential schools, the resiliency of Indigenous Communities, and consider what you can do to support the Truth and Reconciliation process.
If you are looking for a good place to start, the following article provides concrete steps on how to be an Indigenous ally. While it was written in 2017 (hence the focus on 150), we like it because it identifies specific and helpful actions that individuals can take.