National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 has been declared the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. 

Let’s all commit to learning more and taking steps to develop right relations with both Indigenous peoples and the land, water and living beings that sustain us as growers. 

There are many resources out there, here's some we suggest:

1.      Truth and Reconciliation Commission


Read the TRC summary and Calls to Action at

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation has a week of programming, some of which is live, some of which is available on YouTube

How is the government living up to the Calls to Action? See the Yellowhead Institute’s analysis


2.      What does reconciliation look like? Becoming a better ally


Reconciliation is a Verb - putting the action in reconciliation by RAVEN 

What is Reconciliation  a short video by Pamela Palmater, Eddy Robinson, Cindy Blackstock 


The Montreal Indigenous Community Network has an excellent Indigenous Ally Toolkit



3.      Listening to the experiences of residential school victims and survivors


Woodland Cultural Centre’s Residential School Virtual Tour 


Earth to Tables Legacies has a multimedia article about the Mohawk Institute at


Toronto Council Fire’s Every Child Matters campaign Their home page also has info about the Spirit Garden planned for Nathan Phillips Square.



The story of residential schools is not just something from the past. Survivors, their children and communities continue to feel the impact and many Indigenous communities still don’t have equal access to clean water, food, education and health services. So many Indigenous people do not have access to land or ways to learn about their culture and language.


You'll find more resources and some thoughts on how to get started at


Posted on