National Day for Truth & Reconciliation

In honour of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021, YPT has compiled the following resources for families and classrooms.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation contains archives and collections through which Survivors, their families, educators, researchers, and the public can examine the residential school system more deeply with the goal of fostering reconciliation and healing.

Calls to Action

Read the young people’s version of the Calls to Action here.

You can find the adult version here.

Witness Blanket

Witness Blanket Documentary Trailer 2015 from Witness Blanket on Vimeo.

The Witness Blanket by artist Carey Newman is a national monument to the painful history of Canada’s Residential School era at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Newman also created the documentary Picking Up The Pieces to accompany the project.

Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation has posted six videos to watch on September 30.

Mbwaach’idiwag Podcast

Listen to the Mbwaach’idiwag podcast episode entitled “Colonial Problems Rebranded as Indigenous Issues”.

21 Things You May Not Have Known About The Indian Act

Read “21 Things You May Not Have Known About The Indian Act”.

Ted Talk by Starleigh Grass

Watch this Ted Talk by Starleigh Grass: “Reconciliation and Education: Lessons to remember before thinking about, talking about, and teaching about Residential schools and reconciliation.”

“Built on Genocide” Art Exhibit

Built on Genocide is a large-scale installation put on by Luminato Festival at Ontario Square, Harbourfront Centre. Created by multidisciplinary Indigenous artist Jay Soule | CHIPPEWAR, the exhibit reflects the historical events and colonial policies throughout Canada’s history that have deliberately undermined and destroyed Indigenous livelihoods. It runs until October 24.

Livestreamed Events

Various communities are putting on a full day of activities, such as Thunder Bay. Join some of Thunder Bay’s events as they livestream them to the world, including a Tree Planting Ceremony and a free film screening of Indian Horse. See all the events here.

One Day’s Pay

For those who would like to donate to a charity working for Reconciliation, consider One Day’s Pay. On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation give one day’s pay to support Indigenous projects, movements, organizations and nations.