September 30: Truth and Reconciliation Day
For the second year, September 30 marks the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an opportunity to honor the children who never returned home and the survivors, their families and communities who are deeply affected by the legacy of residential schools.
Since May 2021, more than 1,100 unmarked graves of children's bodies have been found across the country and this number is growing as the search for truth continues.
September 30 is a day of hope and healing for Indigenous people who have been deeply affected by the colonial legacy. It is also a day to reflect and participate in restorative action and reconciliation as allies for Indigenous justice.
Here are some ways to mark Truth and Reconciliation Day 2022.
- Wear orange - the orange sweater is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by indigenous children over generations.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports. Learn about the realities faced by Indigenous Peoples in this country. Read the Calls to Action that recommend ways forward toward justice and repair.
- Attend a ceremony or protest. There are local actions planned throughout the country to recognize the significance of this day, remember the lost and advocate for change.
- Contribute to an Indigenous-led community organization. There are organizations that support Indigenous children and families or foster cultural and linguistic preservation.
- Create space at work to talk about racism and anti-racism work, and how we can interrupt racism directed at Indigenous people. The JLP offers one such guided discussion: Anti-Racism: Let’s Talk! as part of its Empowering Conversations