GOG Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day serves as a commemoration and recognition of the tragic history of residential schools in Canada and honours the Indigenous peoples and survivors affected by these schools today.
The creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is one step towards the 94 Calls to Action outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report. These Calls to Action were written in 2015 as a guide to advancing the process of Canada’s reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, demanding action from all levels of government.
We invite our member institutions, community, and ourselves at GOG to use this day to reflect on reconciliation and decolonizing our art galleries and museums across Canada. As cultural and heritage organizations, we are responsible for integrating these conversations into our practices and committing to take action towards decolonization across our sector, not just today, but every day.
Some facilities across Canada will be closed on this day in observance of the holiday. Whether or not it is a statutory holiday in your organization, we encourage all non-Indigenous individuals to take today to familiarize themselves with the 94 Calls to Action and participate in acts of reconciliation within your institution or community.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Information:
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Read an analysis from the Yellowhead institute about the lack of action
- Learn about the day: Canada.ca: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Watch APTN’s playlist on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Reading and Reports:
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Reclaiming Power and Place
- Native Women’s Association of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women Action Plan
- Read the other reports from the NCTR
- Book: Bob Joseph, 21 things you may not know about the Indian Act, 2018
- Book: Jack Agnes, Behind Closed Doors: stories from the Kamloops Indian Residential School, 2001
- Indigenous Foundations, an information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada
- The University of Alberta offers a free course on Indigenous histories and contemporary issues
- Indigenous Canada offers a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and key issues facing Indigenous peoples today
- Five on-demand mini courses from Decolonize Everything
- Interactive map to look up the territorial land, languages and treaties where you live
- Indigenous Ally Toolkit
- The Settlers Take Action Project
- Donate to the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation: email@example.com
- Donate to support counselling and other services for residential school survivor and their families at the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society
- Donate to support First Nations child and family service agencies: First Nations Child & Family Caring Society
- Donate to support Indigenous communities fighting legal battles for their land and rights: Raven Trust