National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The federal government is recognizing September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a day committed to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and ensuring that the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools is never forgotten. The County of Elgin’s news release can be found here.
You can show your support by:
- wearing an Orange shirt on September 30th,
- attending one of the local events or programs listed below,
- placing a hold on one of the books featured in one of our book lists and committing to reading it and other books by and about Indigenous Peoples,
- reviewing the 94 Truth and Reconciliation calls to action and committing to at least one,
- and listening to Indigenous Peoples in our community and beyond.
Library Programs on September 30th
Indigenous Words & Stories | Shedden Library @ 11am
A half-hour program focusing on Indigenous stories - and peace, love and understanding. We'll also make customized wearable buttons to show our support. Suitable for all ages. Bring a chair if you have one, and remember to social distance. Program will be held weather permitting. Contact Shedden Library with any questions 519-764-2081
Indigenous Words & Stories | Port Stanley Library @ 1pm
A half-hour program focusing on Indigenous stories - and peace, love and understanding. We'll also make customized wearable buttons to show our support. Suitable for all ages. Bring a chair if you have one, and remember to social distance. Program will be held weather permitting. Contact Port Stanley Library with any questions 519-782-4241
Outdoor Storytime | Springfield Library @ 10:30am
Join us for a special story time that focuses on peace, love and understanding. Suitable for all ages. Held in the back garden at Malahide Community Place. Please bring your own blanket and practice social distancing. Program will be held weather permitting.
12105 Whittacker Road, Springfield, Ontario N0L 2J0
Call 519-765-4515 with any questions
Documents and further reading:
- Scholastic Canada have a Truth and Reconciliation Discussion Guide for parents, kids and educators. It is a great resource if you are looking for somewhere to start the discussion.
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation have lots of education resources, exhibits and research available on their website.
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has videos, reports and more information.
- On June 21, 2021 the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act came into full force, read the news release from the Federal Government of Canada and about the implementation of the act.
Digital events to attend:
- The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund is hosting a discussion on September 23 for their newsletter subscribers, and it will be available to the general public on September 30.
- Western University is hosting an event on September 30 at 10am titled Understanding Residential Schools and Reconciliation with Cody Groat, Six Nations band member and Associate Professor in Western’s Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program. Western University has more events planned as well.