National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
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Good Shepherd acknowledges that the land on which we gather is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations. The territory mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy, the Ojibway and other allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today, this is the home to many Indigenous People from across Turtle Island and we are grateful for the opportunity to work in this community, on their territory.
September 30 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, coinciding with Orange Shirt Day. All Good Shepherd programs and services will remain open. We will be holding a virtual service for all staff on September 30. Read a letter regarding National Day for Truth and Reconciliation from Brother Richard MacPhee, Good Shepherd’s Chief Executive Officer.
We encourage all settlers to join us in learning and reflecting on the legacy of residential schools and its continuing impact on our country. Learn about the residential school system, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and Calls to Action, and support local and national Indigenous organizations. Below, we have provided a list of organizations where donations are welcome along with some educational resources and support lines for survivors and their families.
- Hamilton Regional Indian Centre
- De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre
- Native Women’s Centre Hamilton
- Woodland Cultural Centre
- Indian Residential School Survivor Society
- Legacy of Hope Foundation
- Read the TRC Calls to Action
- Wear Orange
- Learn about Indigenous Peoples and Cultures
- Learn about the History and Contributions of Indigenous People
- Calls to Action Accountability: A 2020 Status Update on Reconciliation
- Hamilton Public Library Resources
Local and virtual events in the community:
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation — Learning and Action Workshop (Art Gallery of Hamilton – virtual)
- McMaster Virtual Events (McMaster University, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Education Council – virtual and in-person)
- The Woodland Cultural Centre has been running Orange Shirt Day programming since Sept. 20 to provide virtual educational resources to help students, organizations, businesses so they can learn more about the history of residential schools. Among the tools they have is a virtual tour of the former Mohawk Institute and a digital workshop on the TRC.
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is also hosting events throughout the week.
- The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – A Conversation with Pat Mandy (Afro Canadian Caribbean Association – virtual)
- From Truth To Conciliation: Reflections From Residential School Survivors (Carleton University – virtual)
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Everything You Should Know About Truth & Reconciliation Week (The Hamilton Spectator)
- Where the Spirit Lives (Amazing Spirit Productions Ltd.)
- How Some Children at the Kamloops Residential School Died (CBC The National)
- Crimes Against Children at Residential School (CBC The Fifth Estate)
- Residential School Apology by the Federal Government
- Books About Residential Schools (CBC News)
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (24 hours a day)
Hope for Wellness (24 hours a day)
Online chat: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
Mi’kmaq Crisis Line
Crisis Services Canada