I acknowledge that I live on Treaty 1 land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe peoples and on the homeland of the Métis nation.
September 30, 2021 is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Canada had 140 federally run Indian Residential Schools from 1831 to 1998, and the harm caused by these schools reverberates today. This day was created to honour the children of residential schools, their families and communities.
Here are some ideas on how to honour the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
- Observe a moment of silence at 2:15 PM
- Hang an orange shirt outside your dwelling or in a window
- Watch some educational material at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Support aboriginal causes like the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
I realize that three train bloggers aren’t going to change the world with words. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done. I am trying to do my own part by educating myself, encouraging others to educate themselves, and highlighting and contributing to various aboriginal groups and charities. I encourage you to do the same.
If nothing else, please spend some time on September 30 to reflect on Canada’s troubled history, and don’t just treat it as another day off.