National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30, 2022, marks the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day enacted to remember and honour the lives lost, the Survivors and those forever impacted by the residential school system in Canada.
BCFSC shares in learning and commemorating this complex and meaningful day as we continue to navigate and build upon strengthening our bonds working with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis across BC.
There are many ways to engage and observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
- Wear orange. Although National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are uniquely intertwined, the Orange Shirt Society is a separate grassroots organization established in 2013.
The name was inspired by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story, and the organization continues to be a leading force in reconciliation efforts today.
You can purchase an orange shirt or a beaded lapel pin from the official Orange Shirt Society. There are also a variety of teaching resources and educational videos available on their website.
- Attend a local in-person or virtual event. Many BC communities will be hosting events to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Check out your local community event website for information on what’s happening near you.
- Observe the day by learning something new.Use the opportunity to pick up a book from the #IndigenousReads reading list, get to know the history behind BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act or explore volunteer and project opportunities listed on Reconciliation Canada.
No matter how you choose to observe the day, we can all contribute toward a better future by acknowledging this tragic part of Canadian history — and its ongoing impact in our communities by using this day to focus on education, reflection and listening.
How to use this tool
- The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Crew Talk can be used to help inform workers of the significance of this day and provide valuable information and resources on how they can engage, observe and contribute to the dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and to help them understand the impacts, opportunities and mitigation measures needed to help us all work towards a healing journey.
- Share the crew talk with workers during a tailgate meeting and open a dialogue and conversation.