Tag Truth and Reconciliation

The history and importance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Every September, Canada marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Established in 2021, this national statutory Holiday coincides with Orange Shirt Day. Both days recognize the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential school system, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) honours the survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, and their families and communities. Public commemoration of the residential school system’s tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts is…

History of Canada Day and treatment of Indigenous people

Canada’s birthday is celebrated on July 1. Coast to coast and around the world Canadians show their pride in their history, culture and achievements. Since 1868, it’s been a day of celebration, where festivities are held across the country. Canada Day is also a national holiday that is rooted in, and often ignores, the colonialization of the very people and cultures that were celebrated the month before. In June, Canada celebrates Indigenous History Month to honour the heritage, customs and contributions of Indigenous people. Over the past…