Message from First Peoples Wellness Circle for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2023

As we pause to reflect on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC) is reminded of our commitment to Indigenous wellness and our role in addressing the legacy of residential schools. We understand the importance of advancing reconciliation and want to do our part in supporting mental wellness in Indigenous communities.

As our work aligns with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, we are deeply invested in seeing these calls fulfilled. Recognizing the profound trauma and intergenerational impacts of colonization and residential schools, we remain dedicated to creating resources and pathways to wholistic wellness based on Indigenous knowledge and culture. The TRC calls for an equitable healthcare system with increased attention and action to mental wellness and healing. In this way, FPWC’s purpose aligns directly – working towards mental wellness supports that understand, respect, and address the unique needs of Indigenous peoples.

Today, as we remember the children who never returned, the survivors, and their families, we remain committed to our role in this journey of truth and reconciliation. We strongly encourage everyone to recognize and reflect on the significance of this day and join us in making a genuine commitment to change.

To become an ally and pledge to do your part to help end anti-Indigenous racism in Canadian Healthcare, visit: 



Indian Residential School Survivors Society | Canada-Wide
If you need someone to talk to, please call the 24/7 IRSSS crisis line: 1-800-721-0066 

First Nations, Métis & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line | Canada-Wide
If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line, available 24/7:  1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at

National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line | Canada-Wide
Available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their Residential school experience: 1-866-925-4419

Native Women’s Association of Canada Elder Support Line | Canada-Wide
Available Monday-Friday 9AM-11AM EST & 1PM-3PM EST. Call 1-888-664-7808