Ways you can Honour National Truth and Reconciliation Day

This Thursday is the inaugural, federally-designated National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. At Blakely, we are continuing our ongoing journey to educating and learning (and unlearning) about the victims of residential schools. If you are unsure how you can honour the lost children, survivors, their families, and communities this Thursday, we hope this list of ten suggestions will help.

  1. Read and reflect on the full Truth and Reconciliation Report
  2. Read and reflect on Canada’s Residential Schools: The History, Part 1
  3. Wear an orange shirt or purchase one here
  4. Support Indigenous businesses — here are a few of our favourites:
  1. Donate to an organization:
    • Indian Residential School Survivors Society
    • First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
    • The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
    • Legacy of Hope Foundation
  1. Learn more about Native Lands
  2. Read a book written by an Indigenous author such as No Surrender: The Land remains Indigenous by Sheldon Krasowski
  3. Follow Indigenous thought leaders and influencers such as @shaylaOh
  4. Expand your education and take the free University of Alberta Indigenous Canada course
  5. Continue to have crucial conversations with family, friends, and kids

How will you honour survivors and reflect on the legacy of residential schools in Canada?