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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Observed Today! A Day to Remember, Acknowledge, Educate, Learn & Take Action!

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Brockville – Today is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that recognizes, teaches and marks the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools.
We recognize that we are located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin), Ho-de-no-sau-nee-ga (Haudenosaunee) peoples.
The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities:
In Brockville at Hardy/Centennial Park, you can learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Actions and more until 4:00 pm today.
The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities: https://www.canada.ca/…/national-day-truth…
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #80.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission ran from 2008 to 2015 and provided those affected by the legacy of the Indian Residential Schools policy with an opportunity to share their stories and experiences. From that Commission came 94 Calls to Action. Read the Calls to Action at https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
There were 140 federally run Indian Residential Schools that operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998. Learn more about this history through some of the resources collected by Know Indigenous History, including book and film recommendations, accessible from https://indigenous.knowhistory.ca/…/an-introduction-to…
We invite our community to join us in marking this day through education and action.
Education:
Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Available online at https://nctr.ca/records/reports/. Print copies have been made available for free by the Brockville Public Library (stop by the library to get your copy).
Action:
our team is joining our colleagues at the Brockville Public Library in committing to item 57 in the 94 Calls to Action by devoting time to enhancing and furthering our knowledge of Indigenous history, by enrolling in the University of Alberta’s School of Native Studies free and open course “Indigenous Canada”. You too can participate; learn more at https://www.ualberta.ca/…/indigenous-canada/index.html
The Brockville Public Library does have a ribbon tree that was first established in response to the 215 children found at the Kamloops Residential School. Everyone in the community is welcome to tie a ribbon to the tree. Ribbons are a symbolic connection to ribbon skirts and ribbons shirts, which have cultural significance to many First Nations. They represent power, resiliency, identity, and reclamation of culture that was taken from them.
Some additional resources:
• Territorial map: https://native-land.ca/
• Orange Shirt Day: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/
• For those seeking support: The National Indian Residential School Crisis line at 1-866-925-4419
Brockville Public Library:
It will run from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm in Hardy Park with a day of listening, learning and reconciling. There will be Drummers, Medicine Circle and a Walk-Through of the 94 Calls to Action.
The day is intended to educate and remind Canadians about the history of residential schools, honour the victims and celebrate the survivors.
COVID precautions will be in place.
Learn more about Canada’s history, its cultures and the impact on Indigenous Peoples.
From an Indigenous perspective, learn more in a free online course, offered through the University of Alberta, which explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions. Learn more at https://www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada
Explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Learn more here: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/…/1621447…/1621447157184
For more information about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, visit https://www.canada.ca/…/national-day-truth