ARIDO recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

  • Published on: Sep 30, 2021
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today, people across Canada will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in order to recognize the ongoing trauma of First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis people which was caused by residential and day schools.
September 30th is an opportunity to remember the children who were lost, survivors, and their families, and commit to the process of truth, reconciliation, and justice with First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis people, as well as take action to heal and work to build a better future together.

As an ARIDO member, you are encouraged to reflect on ways to work towards reconciliation in your daily life and learn more about the history of residential schools, the Indian Act, the ways that First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis people have been harmed, and the ways these impacts continue to be felt. Part of reconciliation is acknowledging the past and working to ensure history is not repeated, by respecting Indigenous treaties and rights and questioning our own perceptions and stereotypes.

Over the last eight months, ARIDO has partnered with Matrix360 Inc to examine and build a foundation to guide our learning diversity, equity, and accessibility journey as an Association. 

As an Association, ARIDO recognizes that we have a lot of work ahead and are committed to building and advancing diversity, equity, and reconciliation internally and externally. The ARIDO Board and staff are invested to shift the narratives from talk to action for all members.

Later today, we are releasing two significant reports that outline key priorities and recommendations identifying a roadmap for ARIDO’s next steps.

We believe that the learning must be continuous. We encourage all members to further explore and learn the importance of the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

A few resources to help guide your learning:

Throughout the week, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) will be hosting online events and learning opportunities for both schools and the general public. They will also be producing an hour-long special to be hosted on APTN and CBC on September 30 at 9 pm.

Learn more about the origin of Orange Shirt Day, and Phyllis (Jack) Webstead's story.

Familiarize yourself with the 94 calls to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015.

Learn about the traditional territory of where you live and the treaties which are established on it.

Donate or get involved with a local Indigenous organization.

Begin the Indigenous Canada course offered by the University of Alberta which covers the history and key issues which face Indigenous people today.

Many libraries have compiled reading lists of books by First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis authors for children, teens, and adults.

The National Film Board of Canada has compiled a list of films and documentaries by Indigenous people that you can watch.