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September 27, 2021
September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
On September 30, Canadian Scholars and Women’s Press will be pausing operations and closing the office for the day to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation falls on the same day as Orange Shirt Day, which was and is, a day for engaging with acts of truth and reconciliation, and our Indigenous communities. It is a day of education and reflection on the legacy and impact of the residential school system on Indigenous individuals, families, and communities across Canada. It is a day of grief and mourning for the children who lost their lives in residential schools. It’s also a day to support and honour survivors of residential schools, or individuals, families, and communities carrying and coping with the intergenerational traumas inflicted by the residential school system.
The staff at Canadian Scholars and Women’s Press will be spending September 30 engaging with reflection, history, acts of truth and reconciliation, and their local communities. We invite everyone to join us this day, and every day.
Where to start:
- Read the first-hand account of residential school survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad. Sit with the weight of this account, journal about it, or discuss it with friends and loved ones.
- Learn more about the origin of Orange Shirt Day and the history of the residential school system.
- Refresh your knowledge of the 94 calls to action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Engage with classroom resources or find an educational course or program
- Participate in Orange Shirt Day events at your university or college
- Attend online programming provided by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Donate to organizations that provide services to Indigenous communities or support survivors
- Wear orange! If you are purchasing an orange shirt, ensure proceeds of that sale are benefiting Indigenous communities and residential school survivors.
Indigenous support resources:
- The National Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419
- First Nations, Métis & Inuit Hope for Wellness online chat and helpline 1-855-242-3310
- Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society and crisis line 1-888-403-3123
- NWAC Elder Support Line 1- 888-664-7808
The Canadian Scholars and Women’s Press offices will re-open on October 1st.