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September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


September 30 has been declared the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The federal holiday commemorates and honours the experiences of those who survived the residential school system, as well as the children who died while at the schools. 

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a day to raise awareness of the tragic legacy of residential schools. 

In an effort to highlight Indigenous voices and leadership, we have compiled a list of resources and initiatives from Inspirit grantees and other organizations.  

  • The Indigenous Curatorial Collective will host their 2021 Annual Gathering, “Solidarity Across Space.” From November 4 to 28, the ICCA will hold a series of online events around this year’s theme: solidarity. 
  • The Indigenous150+ podcast series features conversations with Indigenous knowledge keepers, community leaders, and artists. Episodes are hosted by participants in the Indigenous150+ Youth Ambassador program. 
  • IndigiNews aims to create relevant, valuable, and trustworthy content by listening to the Indigenous communities they serve. Reporters cover stories from the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island. 
  • The One Day’s Pay initiative is a call to donate #OneDaysPay directly to an Indigenous-led project, movement, organization, or nation. 
  • Woodland Cultural Centre is hosting online programming for Orange Shirt Day, including a virtual tour of the former Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School. 
  • The Yellowhead Institute’s Anishinaabe Pandemic Prophecies is a video that shares the importance of traditional Indigenous knowledge in ensuring safety and security during the pandemic. 
  • Five years after the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Yellowhead Institute provides a status update on the Calls to Action. 
  • The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international hub for the presentation and celebration of Indigenous media art. It is Canada’s premier Indigenous media arts event and the largest festival of its kind in the world. 
  • The Reconciliation and Responsible Investment Initiative developed a framework for actions that investment managers can take to advance reconciliation and Indigenous rights. 

Follow Inspirit on social media (TwitterFacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn), as we share these resources in the lead up to September 30.