September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
Today and every day — in our work and our personal capacities — we grieve, remember, and honour the many children whose lives were taken by Canada’s residential school system.
Unmarked graves continue to be unearthed across Turtle Island. Violent systems continue to impact survivors, their families, and communities. 2 Spirit people, women, and girls continue to be murdered and go missing. First Peoples experience ongoing genocide across Turtle Island.
We call on settlers to take up the work to start and/or further understand the historical truths of these lands and engage in meaningful reconciliation. It is our reminder to continue advocating for Indigenous people’s right to self-determination.
The 519 is open today. Our staff will spend the day learning, reflecting upon, and engaging in the continued work of learning the truth, and decolonizing our practice. We are forever grateful for the leadership of Indigenous Elders and community members. Today, we invite you to join us by learning and reflecting in ways that matter to you.
Indigenous children are sacred.
2 Spirit people’s existence is resistance.
Indigenous women and girls’ lives matter.
Indigenous lives matter.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action – and commit to advancing their calls: nctr.ca/records/reports
- Read the Calls to Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report
Indigenous Help Lines:
- National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 24-hour crisis support: 1-866-925-4419
- Indian Residential School Survivors and Family 1-800-721-0066
- Hope for Wellness: Call 1-855-242-3310 or connect to an online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.