Sept. 30th, 2021 is an important day for reflection, recognition, and an opportunity to commemorate the legacy of residential schools where more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were forced to attend between 1870 and 1997.
This National day for Truth and Reconciliation serves as an opportunity to reflect on the “multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to education, employment, health care, and cultural support” (Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, 2019) that Indigenous Peoples continue to face today.
Having a day to increase awareness of the residential school experience was one of the 94 calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report, which was published in 2015. Following the passing of Bill C-5 this past June, both Burlington and Halton have unanimously declared September 30th as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Burlington has a rich history of many First Nations and the Métis peoples, and today the community is encouraged to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families and to remember and honour those lost while committing to the ongoing process of reconciliation.
We invite you to explore the following resources to learn more:
- Read the Indigenous Community and History in Burlington and see the steps the city of Burlington is taking to honour and support Indigenous residents in our community.
- Participate in the Orange Shirt Day event organized by Urban Indigenous Peoples of Burlington, today at Spencer Smith Park from 12PM-6PM
- Read the Paths to Reconciliation document which outlines the reasons a collective of Urban Indigenous People of Halton began to create the space and programs lacking in our communities.
- Use this map tool to find out if you live near a residential school and hear from some of the school’s survivors.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada report and Calls to action.
- Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website to find out about events taking place on Sept. 30th, news, educational material and more.
- View Halton’s response and actions to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples and communities.
- Visit the Burlington Library website for information on Orange Shirt Day.
- Find out whose traditional territories you are on with this interactive map.
- Read more on the “Land Back” movement.