What you can do to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

What you can do to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 22, 2021

The topic of Truth and Reconciliation weighs heavily in our hearts. As Senator Murray Sinclair said, “This is not an aboriginal problem. This is a Canadian problem.” Everyone has a role to play in our healing. There are ways you can get involved to help.

Go to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to read the many reports and stories about residential school.

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action Report.

Take part in TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK, a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.

Donate to Carrier Sekani Family Services. CSFS is regarded as a role model in Indigenous services in our region and beyond. You can help CSFS serve the health and well-being of all people in the Carrier and Sekani regions. A tax-deductible donation will enable us to continue to deliver culturally informed health, social, family and legal programs to families in the 11 nations we serve.

Donate to the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring culturally based equity for First Nations children and their families so that they can grow up safely at home, be healthy, achieve their dreams, celebrate their languages and culture and be proud of who they are. 

The Spirt Bear was a gift from CSFS’ Mary Teegee to Cindy Blackstock. The ‘Spirit Bear’ character was then created to champion the rights of Indigenous children, Jordan’s Principle, and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings.

Donate to the Downie Wenjack Fund. Chanie Wenjack was a 12-year old boy who died on October 22, 1966, trying to escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School in Kenora, Ontario. He was walking home to his family in Ogoki Post, which was 600 kilometres away.

Inspired by Chanie’s story and Gord Downie’s (late singer of the Tragically Hip) call to build a better Canada, the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Our goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education, and connections between all peoples in Canada.

Join UNBC Talking Circle to hear stories and learn.



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