National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Wear orange on September 30th, a day to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. The creation of this federal statutory holiday was through legislative amendments made by Parliament. On June 3, 2021, Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) received Royal Assent.

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html

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A gathering and march will be held at the Place du Canada on September 30. Organized by the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, in partnership with the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), this event is part of the “Every Child Matters” movement to commemorate the tragedy of Residential Schools. Speakers, a ceremony, and drums will precede the march to Place-des-Arts, where speeches and artist’ performances will be held. Speakers include Indigenous leaders, Indigenous rights defenders, and Youth from Quebec and Labrador communities.


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On CBC:

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to recognize and reflect on the legacy of residential schools in Canada. To mark this event, CBC is sharing First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives and experiences from across the country. For the entire day, these stories will be broadcast across CBC TV, CBC News Network, CBC.ca, CBC Kids, CBC Radio One and CBC Music including a commercial-free primetime broadcast special, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Programming: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/how-to-watch-and-listen-to-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation-on-cbc-1.6186017

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See the work of Contributing Art Director Emily Kewageshig, an Anishinaabe artist raised in Saugeen First Nation #29. She designed the CBC logo marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Her work captures the interconnection of life forms using culturally significant materials from the land.

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On CBC Music: 10 songs that help us better understand Canada's history of residential schools

https://www.cbc.ca/music/10-songs-that-help-us-better-understand-canada-s-history-of-residential-schools-1.6187317

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Photography:

Enclosing Some Snapshots: The Photography of Métis Activist James Brady - Episode 1. Curated by Paul Seesequasis, Circulated by Glenbow. This exhibition of James Brady’s photographs from Glenbow’s collections covers four decades, from the 1930s to 1960s, of both individual and community Métis and Cree life in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The photographs are evidence of Brady’s deep attachment and commitment to the dignity and rights of Métis peoples at a time of impoverishment and denial of rights by provincial and federal governments.

The Galt is grateful to the subject-matter experts delivering online content. As local professionals and knowledge experts, these presenters add valuable contributions to the local discourse; however, their ideas are their own. The people featured in the videos and those behind the scenes followed best practices to protect their health and safety.

https://paulseesequasis.com/home

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Sharing archival photos of Indigenous life on Twitter has not only taught author Paul Seesequasis about the strength and humour of his mother's generation — but it also netted him a book deal. The Saskatchewan Plains Cree writer and journalist started posting the images two years ago, while the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's inquiry and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were dominating the headlines.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.4015362/twitter-project-taught-this-cree-author-about-indigenous-strength-and-humour-and-got-him-a-book-deal-1.4015761

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Reclaiming though archival images - From The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers:

After Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission report was released, Willow Cree writer, cultural activist and journalist Paul Seesequasis felt compelled to do something to contribute and understand what his mother, a residential school survivor, went through.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thenextchapter/full-episode-jan-11-2020-1.5416403/why-paul-seesequasis-wanted-to-reclaim-everyday-indigeneity-through-archival-images-1.5416405

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From CBC Saskatchewan:

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/swift-current-photo-exhibition-uncovers-indigenous-stories-and-identities-1.5450610

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Many of Paul's collected photographs can be seen here:

https://artgalleryofswiftcurrent.org/past-exhibitions/turning-the-lens-indigenous-archive-photo-project-by-paul-seesequasis/

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Many stories on Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild:

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/unreserved

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At the McCord:

INDIGENOUS VOICES OF TODAY - Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.

The exhibition Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience bears witness to the still unrecognized knowledge of Indigenous peoples in Quebec and Canada as well as the deep wounds they carry and their incredible resilience.

https://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/encounter-ally-indigenous-nations/

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