September 30, 2021 marks the first time Canada formally observes a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is also known as Orange Shirt Day, which serves to raise awareness of the history and lasting impacts of the residential school system in Canada. The concept of the orange shirt originated with Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). At the age of 6, Phyllis was sent to a residential school, where her bright, new orange shirt was promptly stripped from her. You can learn more about Phyllis's story and Orange Shirt Day here. Every Child Matters.
Image description: The orange version of our Team HB6 Canada introductory poster with the words, "Today 30/09/2021 We Honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation". The poster features the Team HB6 Canada logo and images of our 5 team members superimposed over a map of Canada, along with "#teamhb6canada". It is important to note that the map in our original poster is a colonial one, with boundaries shown between provinces and territories. An interactive map of Indigenous territories on Turtle Island (North America) is linked in the section below. You can also find various decolonial maps at https://decolonialatlas.wordpress.com/.
To help guide our (un)learning, reflections, and action plans, Team HB6 Canada would like to recommend the following resources.
❖ Familiarise yourself with the land
Interactive map of Indigenous territories, languages, and treaties across Turtle Island (and other parts of the world): https://native-land.ca/
Interactive map of residential schools in Canada: https://nctr.ca/records/view-your-records/archival-map/
❖ Learn about the historical and present context
Canada's residential schools: the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (English/Français): https://publications.gc.ca/site/eng/9.807830/publication.html
Reclaiming power and place: the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (English/Français): https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/
Reports published by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), including those about the residential school system: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/
❖ Engage with Indigenous voices
10 pieces of art to help you engage with truth and reconciliation (CBC article): https://www.cbc.ca/arts/10-pieces-of-art-to-help-you-engage-with-truth-and-reconciliation-1.6191308
12 Great Podcasts Hosted by Indigenous Women (Chatelaine article): https://www.chatelaine.com/living/indigenous-podcasts-hosted-by-women/
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♡ Team HB6 Canada