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National Truth & Reconciliation Day Reflection Resource Sheet

Canada will be acknowledging its first ever Nation Truth and Reconciliation Day that blossomed out of Orange Shirt Day. Below is a list of resources to help you reflect on Canada’s history of its mistreatment of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people that reside on this land. After accessing a few of the resources as an individual or a family take some time to discuss / reflect upon:

1) what did you already know?

2) what surprised you?

3) what challenges you, why?

4) how can you put new knowledge to work in your relationships with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people?

Resources: Kevin Lamoureux on Truth & Reconciliation: Truth and Reconciliation | Kevin Lamoureux | TEDxUniversityofWinnipeg - YouTube

Loretta J. Ross on calling someone into conversation

Lana Whiskeyjack speaks to the legacy of the IRS

Lana Gets Her Talk (English Subtitles) on Vimeo Indian Residential Timeline Video:

Gord Downie’s “The Secret Path”

Porcupine Podcasts: Conversations between Indigenous & Non-Indigenous People Documents: Doctrine of Discovery

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action

Book Recommendations: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants

Available on Kindle $12.99

Kaitlin B. Curtice, Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God Available on Kindle $14.39

Richard Twiss, One Church Many Tribes Available on Kindle $9.99 Children’s Books: Paul Windsor, Good Morning World Authored by a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk Nations, use this book to teach your child how to wake up cheerfully. This board book is designed to help your baby or toddler say Good Morning!

Ages 0-2 years

Available in Hardcover

Paul Windsor, Good Night World Authored by a member of the Haisla and Heiltsuk Nations, use this book to help put your baby or toddler to sleep.

Ages 0-2 years Available as a Board Book

Richard Van Kamp, May We Have Enough to Share Designed to bring gratitude to your baby or toddler. This book brings awareness to all that we are grateful for.

Ages 0-2 years Available as a Board Book

Rebecca Thomas, I'm Finding My Talk Written in response to Rita Joe’s poem, “I lost my talk,” Rebecca Thomas writes about rediscovering and reclaiming her culture as a second-generation residential school survivor.

Ages 4 – 9 years Available on Kindle $9.13

Phyllis Webstad, Phyllis’s Orange Shirt An adaptation of the Orange Shirt story.

Ages 4-6 Available on Amazon $11.83 Theresa Larson-Jonasson, The Sharing Circle

Animals decide to have a sharing circle to settle their disagreement

6-8 years Available in Paperback $16.82

Nicola L. Campbell, Shi Shi-Etko

Watch the short film version here. Shi-etko prepares herself for Residential School by garnering memories of home life by spending time in creation and learning from her parents and grandmother.

4-7 years Available on Kindle $12.75 Christy Jordan-Fenton, When I was Eight, Margaret Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton Olemaun faces adversity at a far-away residential school to learn how to read.

6-9 years

Available on Kindle $7.99

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This is awesome. Thanks for the great resource list!

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