National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - September 30

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for all of us to recognize and reflect on the tragic and painful history and legacy of residential schools by honouring the survivors, their families and their communities, as called for by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous leaders. NVRC is encouraging everyone to use the day to learn about the intergenerational impacts of residential schools and colonization on First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

To commemorate the day, NVRC will be operating with reduced levels of programming and reduced hours which is consistent with all other statutory holidays.  Click here to view facility hours on statutory holidays. In addition, we will be sharing information about the importance of the day, providing links to education resources and offering orange ribbons to staff and customers to wear.  NVRC programming staff are also engaging children in art programs to create special hearts with wishes and thoughts to honour First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. These hearts will be laminated and placed in NVRC facility gardens, along pathways and on facility windows to acknowledge the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

September 30 also marks Orange Shirt Day, an unofficial day observed since 2013 in memory of a piece of clothing then-six-year-old Phyllis Webstad had taken from her on her first day at a residential school in 1973.  Over the course of more than 100 years, some 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and forced to attend church-run residential schools, where many suffered physical and sexual abuse, malnutrition and neglect. More than 4,000 are believed to have died. Together we mourn and honour the children lost.  The recognition of these unmarked graves gives us a deeper understanding of the devastating impacts of the residential school system.  This is a legacy which continues to resonate through generations and impact communities across Turtle Island today.  

Commitment to Reconciliation
We humbly acknowledge and support Indigenous peoples by honouring their history and current day situation and supporting  the 94 Calls to Actions as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.  We recognize our responsibility to learn and create dialogue where the truths of Indigenous people are heard.

North Vancouver Recreation and Culture is committed to building relationships with our First Nations and working towards reconciliation through listening, learning and unlearning.  We honour and celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, and we acknowledge our privilege to be able to live, work and play on the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Commitment to Learning
We are also committed to providing resources and education opportunities to our staff and our community. This year NVRC is presenting a number of Indigenous-led workshops for staff and providing staff with links to resources regarding Indigenous history, culture and Truth and Reconciliation. 

Here are links to a number of educational resources including videos, articles and reference material for community members:

Video: Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada
Chief Robert Joseph shares his experience as a residential school survivor and the importance of truth and reconciliation in Canada.

Video: “The Stranger” Official Video - Gord Downie - Secret Path
“The Stranger” is the first full chapter and song of The Secret Path. Adapted from Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel, The Secret Path chronicles the heartbreaking story of Chanie Wenjack’s residential school experience and subsequent death as he escapes and attempts to walk 600 km home to his family.

Video: Reconciliation and Education | Starleigh Grass | TEDxWestVancouverED

Video: 7th generation Metis young girl speaking about the Metis people

Video: 8th Fire Wab Kinew 500 Years in 2 Minutes

Video: Dr. Marie Wilson on the memories of residential schools – Walrus Talks

Report: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Article: TRC report: 5 stories of residential school escapees who died

Website: National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Many resources and educational opportunities

Website: Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Website: Squamish Nation

Website: Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Document: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Website: UBC – UNDRIP, UN Declaraion on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples explained

Website: mnova - Museum of North Vancouver  
Indigenous history and education resources

Website: City of North Vancouver Library 
Indigenous collections and resources

Website: North Vancouver District Public Library
Indigenous collections and resources



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