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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022
This year marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. This federal statutory holiday aims to recognize the legacy of the Canadian Indian Residential School System. This day, September 30, has been recognized and observed by many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis groups since 2013. The First Peoples Wellness Circle (FPWC), is wearing orange today to honour the survivors, their families, their communities, and those who did not return home. 

 

The FPWC supports the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action 19, 20, 21, and 22 and is committed to serving Canada’s First Peoples. FPWC works to support Indigenous mental wellness teams and their leadership to create system-wide change and improve outcomes for Indigenous peoples. We are also learning and working alongside Mental Wellness Teams, Indian Residential School (IRS) Resolution Health Support and Cultural Support workforce. Alongside these workforces, we would like to acknowledge and express our sincere gratitude for the work of the IRS support and mental wellness teams for supporting our communities in the wake of the unmarked graves and ground penetrating radar that is taking place. Wellness and mental health promotion are keystones in our journey to reconciliation. 

Resources:

 

Phyllis Webstad – On Orange Shirt Day
Phyllis Webstad explains the story of her experience at Residential School and the origination of Orange Shirt Day in Canada. She discusses the present situation and her hopes for the future.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 

The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. 

 

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 
A free educational program, now for grades 1-12. September 26-30. 

 

Bell Canada free event open to the public 

 

LeBreton Flats Park | 1:00-2:00 PM ET 

 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) have come together to produce a one-hour commemorative gathering presented in English, French, Inuktitut, and Cree that will broadcast live at 1:00 pm from LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa. Tune in to hear Survivors’ personal reflections as well as key speaker, His Honour Murray Sinclair, speak about their experiences and the importance of reconciliation. The commemoration will include performances by Chubby Cree, Dennis Saddleman, and many more. The special gathering will serve as an opportunity for everyone to grieve, heal and learn about this tragic history. 

Support:

 

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 & InuitHope for Wellness Help Line, available 24/7:  1-855-242-3310or the online chat at  hopeforwellness.ca

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 

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