We acknowledge that we are on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of many different Indigenous communities stretching across this beautiful land we now call home.
As immigrants, we commit to learning about the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the Host Nations and look forward to working with them in partnership.
We are committed to the process of decolonization, and reconciliation with First Nations and Indigenous communities.
We all have the responsibility to continue our own self-education by asking questions and learning more about reconciliation. What privileges do we have on this land because of colonialism? What can we do to better care for the land? Who lived on this land before us? What can we do to work towards reconciliation?
Resources and Links to Learn More About Truth and Reconciliation:
- Read: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada reports, including the TRC’s Calls to Action, or order a hardcopy booklet.
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS)
- Wawahte – Stories of Indian Residential School Survivors
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Origins and History of Orange Shirt Day (precursor to the Federal Holiday).
- “Namwayut: We Are All One” CBC Video on Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, narrated by Chief Robert Joseph, a residential school survivor.
- How can Canadians work toward reconciliation, an interview with Justice Murray Sinclair, former Chairperson of the TRC.