National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

How Studio Locale is honouring the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Tomorrow, September 30, is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. As the first event of this national day, many of us are wondering what this day means and what we can do to recognize it as a day of remembrance, reflection, action, and learning. Here are a few things that we at the studio will be doing.

  1. Revisit stories from A Day to Listen
    On June 30 of this year, radio stations across Canada shared stories from Indigenous leaders, residential school survivors, elders, musicians, and teachers. The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF) continues to share these stories on their website, along with additional resources to continue learning, take action to build cultural understanding, and to create a path toward reconciliation.
  2. Wear orange
    Previously, September 30 has been Orange Shirt Day. You can continue to show support in honouring the survivors, as well as the children who didn’t come home from a residential school, by wearing orange, placing an orange shirt in your window, or displaying orange lights in/outside your home or business.
  3. Begin relearning history
    There are a number of programs and courses that explore Canadian history, that specifically include Indigenous perspectives. Indigenous Canada is a free, online course offered through University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective. It is open to everyone.
  4. Participate in events around our region
    Numerous organizations have events planned for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The Guelph Mercury has shared a number of them if you are looking how to participate.
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