September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, a day to recognize the tragic legacy and ongoing impacts of the residential school system for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada. As we continue the work to recognize and accept the reality of Canada’s colonial history, consider joining the following activities or initiatives to remember the children who never returned home; to recognize and support residential school survivors, their families and their communities; and to create the space for discussion and action on decolonization and Indigenization.
Interested in learning more and supporting Indigenous health? Additional resources are available on Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day webpage.
As we commit to decolonization and a more equitable community, it is important for us to recognize our institution’s colonial origins, along with our responsibility to address the ways in which oppression and exclusion is perpetuated in our everyday lives as students, faculty, and staff at the School. While the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation might mean different things to different people, we hope to be united in listening, reflecting, and amplifying Indigenous voices today and beyond.