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National Truth & Reconciliation Week
September 26 @ 8:00 am - September 30 @ 5:00 pm
Did you know that it’s National Truth & Reconciliation Week?! 🧡🪶 Let’s talk about it.
🧡What is it?
In June 2021, our Government passed Bill C-5 to name September 30th as a federal stat holiday and named it “National Day of Truth & Reconciliation.” This directly coincides with Action # 80 which calls upon the federal government to “honour the survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
We use this week to do just that. To honour, open healthy discussions, educate and to heal.
🧡Things that we need to keep in mind:
– Canada was the Indigenous people’s home first
– They survived a genocide!
– The Indigenous are still oppressed every. single. day.
– It is estimated that basic groceries cost 20% more on reserves
– It is estimated that over 5,000 Indigenous women are still missing
– The Indigenous community makes up approximately 32% of the federal prison population, despite accounting for less than 5% of the total population in Canada
– Most reserves don’t have access to safe drinking water
– Residential schools were government-funded religious schools that were established to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture
– These schools were based on military discipline and horrible things were done to the children
– It is estimated that at least 3,200 children died while attending residential schools
– There were 140 federally run residential schools across Canada
– The last one closed in Saskatchewan in 2008
🧡Orange Shirt Day:
Orange Shirt Day is on September 30th and was created to promote the impact that, “every child matters.” It serves as a symbol for stripping away culture, freedom and self esteem experienced by children over generations.