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September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 28, 2021

This Thursday, September 30th will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, and is a public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools in Canada.  

The AIDS Network’s offices will be closed in observance of this day in order to give our staff the opportunity to devote their day to learning and reflection. We encourage our friends and neighbours who are settlers on this land to join us in this, here are some resources to get you started.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation TRC Commission reports and findings: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/ 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Memorial Register: https://nctr.ca/memorial/ 

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation free educational programming for Truth and Reconciliation Week: https://nctr.ca/education/trw/general-public-schedule/

Indigenous History resources from The Government of Canada:  https://www.canada.ca/en/services/culture/history-heritage/indigenous-history.html 

CATIE’s statement on the legacy and ongoing effects of Residential Schools in Canada: https://www.catie.ca/en/legacy-and-ongoing-effects-canada-s-residential-schools 

The Ontario AIDS Network’s ‘Reconciliation in Action’ Guidance for the HIV sector: https://oan.red/reconciliationinaction/ 

Official website & resources – Orange Shirt Day: https://www.orangeshirtday.org/ 

Official website & resources – National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/ 

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf 

Whose Land, a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada – https://www.whose.land/en/#