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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.

Donate:

Learn:

Local and virtual events in the community:

Other Resources:

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line (24 hours a day)
Call: 1-866-925-4419

Hope for Wellness (24 hours a day)
Online chat: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/
Call: 1-855-242-3310

Mi’kmaq Crisis Line
Call: 1-855-379-2099

Crisis Services Canada
Call: 1-833-456-4566

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