Yesterday, the City of Toronto marked the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation to recognize the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools, and remember those who were lost, survivors and their families. This day was established following a recommendation by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and built on the efforts of the Indigenous community, which established Orange Shirt Day in 2013.
As we pause to mark this important date, here are some actions available for all of us to engage meaningfully in this recognition:
Visiting the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website
Donating to the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRSS) Restoration of Identity Project, which will see the construction of the Spirit Garden in Nathan Phillips Square