If you require support, the free National Indian Residential School Crisis Line for survivors of residential schools is available around the clock at 1-866-925-4419.
Egale Canada will be closing our office on Thursday, September 30 to observe National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Please join us in honouring the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.
What is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity to recognize and reflect upon the impact of residential schools, which over 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1997. The date of September 30 was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend the church-run, government-funded residential schools.
Education and Resources
As individuals, we must do our part to learn about the history of residential schools. We encourage you to learn about the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations/calls to action, the ongoing colonialism, racism, and genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and the history of residential schools and the impacts of this history on Indigenous People and communities today.
To learn more please visit:
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission 6-volume final report published in 2015
- Free Coursera Course – Indigenous Canada
- Indigenous Cinema and Documentires
- Video: Former Senator and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murray Sinclair’s statement on the discovery at the former Residential School site in Kamloops
Please consider donating to a Two Spirit organization in your community.
Egale Canada is located on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Wendat, and the Haudenosaunee People. The territory is protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (also known as Tkaronto) is home to many Indigenous People from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to work and live on this land.