What is the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation?
The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is a day of great significance for all Canadians. It is a day set aside to recognize and reflect upon the history and impact of the residential school system on Indigenous communities across our nation. These schools operated for over a century, leaving a painful legacy of cultural suppression and intergenerational trauma.
This day holds immense significance as it acknowledges the deep scars inflicted by the residential school system and the enduring impact on Indigenous communities. It is a solemn occasion to recognize and reflect upon the historical injustices and to commit to the path of healing and reconciliation.
As a company, we are committed to promoting a workplace environment that celebrates diversity and inclusion. We stand with Indigenous communities in acknowledging the truths of the past and working towards a more inclusive and equitable future.
Our Awareness Day
In order to raise awareness and inform about this important day, we organised at Systematix some activities with our team. Guided by Daniel Secord (Mizizaagiik from his native name), our instructor that day from the Mississauga Nation (Nishinaabek), we deepened our understanding of these historical events and their lasting impact on our diverse Canadian nation. We watched documentaries, engaged in meaningful discussions, and were educated on the richness of Indigenous cultures.
You would like to know more too?
We shared some resourced with our team to allow them to deepen even more about National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. Feel free to have a look at them too:
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)
- [We Were Children] (https://www.nfb.ca/film/we_were_children/) – A powerful documentary that explores the experiences of two survivors of residential school
- [Unrepentant] (https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/unrepentant-kevin-annett-canadas-genocide/) – A documentary that delves into the history of Canada’s Indian Residential School system.
Articles and Books
- [Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada] (https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/) – An online resource providing a wealth of information on Indigenous history and culture.
- [A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada] (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29215693-a-knock-on-the-door?ref=nav_sb_ss_3_19) – A comprehensive book on the history of residential schools.
- [Gord Downie’s “The Secret Path”] (https://gem.cbc.ca/the-secret-path-1-115a31f8-8009-4bd3-bd6e-85ddc03b4b80) – A multimedia project that includes an album, graphic novel, and animated film, telling the story of Chanie Wenjack, a young Indigenous boy who escaped a residential school.
- [Residential Schools: Canada’s Shame] (https://www.aljazeera.com/program/people-power/2023/8/31/residential-schools-canadas-shame) – A series of documentaries and videos exploring the legacy of residential schools.