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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day  “honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.” 

This year also marks the eighth anniversary of Orange Shirt Day, which is a day dedicated to recognizing the harm the residential school system had on childrens’ sense of self-esteem and well-being, and as an affirmation of commitment to ensure that Every Child Matters! 

Orange Shirt Day relates to the experience of former residential school student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. Phyllis’ story is told in the picture book Phyllis’s Orange Shirt which can be found in your school library and at the LRC. Visit Orange Shirt Day to learn more. 

FNMIEAO (First Nations, Métis & Inuit Education Association of Ontario) has many resources on their website, such as webinars, event dates, as well as additional teacher and student resources specific to the ongoing commitment to truth and reconciliation. 

Staff can take part in a four-part webinar series on the history of the Residential School System as well as the impacts of the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement through Nelson Professional Learning. Recommended methods and resources will be highlighted to best provide education for K-12 students. Registration can be accessed here

There are also virtual events being held at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation for Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 to October 1) and at the Woodland Cultural Centre. Registration is necessary. 

We have many resources available in our HCDSB school libraries. 

In Elementary check out the newly added Take Action For Reconciliation magazine-style books, which focus on Indigenous communities in Canada, the need for reconciliation, the actions people are taking and the impact we can all have.

In Secondary, all volumes of Canada’s Residential Schools, The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada are available in print and ebook (EBSCO) formats. 

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Also new to our collection is the digital format of the series Righting Canada’s Wrongs which includes an issue entitled “Residential schools: the devastating impact on Canada’s indigenous peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings and calls for action”. This resource is also available in print in your Secondary Libraries. Please ask your librarian for login information. 

Don’t forget to also check out our online resources found on our website under Staff Resources > Indigenous Education. Many of the resources available through the LRC can be found in the Indigenous Education kiosk on our online catalogue.  

As always, contact your school Library professional for passwords or more information on accessing these and other related resources, or contact LRC@hcdsb.org if you have any other questions.    

Please note that the Board has no control over the changing content of electronic resources. Use your professional judgment when accessing resources. Resources are for HCDSB staff and students only. To maintain our agreements with our vendor partners, we must ensure we are not posting passwords in any public forum.  

*Featured image taken from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation