National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
SHAPE Architecture is closed on Friday Sept 30th to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This statutory day is one of the 94 Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report. Also Orange Shirt Day, it honours the lost children and survivors of Canada’s residential school system. It is a day for thought and reflection – by educating ourselves, we raise our awareness of the inter-generational impacts of Indigenous history, and what it means for reconciliation.
Below are links to resources shared amongst the team. Join us in developing a better understanding, learning more about the calls to action, and how you can get involved.
- 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Native Land Digital Interactive map – Identify what Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages exist on the land where you live
- Understanding Land Acknowledgments – Why we acknowledge territory and how to do so
- Project Learning Tree Canada Resources
- Orange Shirt Society
- Getting involved with Reconciliation Canada
- Donate to Indigenous Charities in your area
- Residential Schools Podcast by Historica Canada
- Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education – A free online course offered by the University of British Columbia, exploring how reconciliation can be made part of the daily life in classrooms, organizations and communities in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.
- Indigenous Canada – A free online course offered by the University of Alberta, exploring histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada
You can also spend the day immersing yourself at Local Events in the Greater Vancouver area.
Image credit: Government of Canada