National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day we remember the children lost to the residential school system, honour survivors and their communities, and work toward reconciliation.

September 30 is also Orange Shirt Day.  Orange Shirt Day was created by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad. Read her story in Phyllis’s Orange Shirt.  

The establishment of a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one of 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read all 94 calls to action online or in print

Reconciliation is an ongoing process.  It is both individual and collective.

We can begin by listening and learning. Below are recommended titles and resources.
 
For Young Readers: 
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis 
When We Were Alone by David Robertson 
Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

To help children learn more:
What is Orange Shirt Day about? An Orange Shirt Day Message 
Orange Shirt song and dance by Elder Wilson 
Watch Phyllis Webstad speak about her experience at residential schools.
CBC Kids YouTube Channel – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation playlist 

Adult Fiction: 
Five Little Indians  
by Michelle Good 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook 
 
Indian Horse  
by Richard Wagamese
Borrow the book | Read the eBook  

Wenjack  
by Joseph Boyden 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook  

The Break  
by Katherena Vermette 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook 
 
Non-Fiction: 
Unsettling The Settler Within: Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, And Reconciliation In Canada by Paulette Regan 

Call Me Indian: From The Trauma Of Residential School To Becoming The NHL’s First Treaty Indigenous Player 
by Fred Sasakamoose 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook | Listen to the audiobook 

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City 
by Tanya Talaga 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook Listen to the audiobook 

Heart Berries: A Memoir 
by Terese Mailhot 
Borrow the book | Read the eBook Listen to the audiobook 

Nishga 
by Jordan Abel  
Borrow the book  
 
In My Own Moccasins: A Memoir of Resilience  
by Helen Knott 
 Borrow the book | Read the eBook  

Connect with and support local Indigenous organizations:  
Niagara Regional Native Centre 
Fort Erie Friendship Centre  
Niagara Region Métis Council 
Niagara Chapter Native Women 

Learn more:
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Woodland Cultural Centre
Legacy of Hope Foundation
National Film Board: Residential Schools film channel

Mental health supports available:
Former residential school students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html