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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation and Beyond

On Thursday, September 30th we will be closing our office to reflect on the history of Residential Schools in Canada and to learn more about what we can do as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Edward Island and as individuals to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation process. We have gathered a list of resources we think will help us all learn more but it is in no way exhaustive.  Some of the ways we can mark Truth & Reconciliation Day include:

  • wear an Orange Shirt
  • observe 2 minutes of silence at noon
  • attend the PEI Government flag lowering ceremony
  • support an Indigenous artist or make a donation to an Indigenous organization
  • learn more about Indigenous history & culture
  • attend a National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation Virtual Event (details below)
  • Read, listen, watch and make use of resources on Indigenous organizations’ websites to learn more about the issues facing Indigenous Canadians
  • Read the 94 Calls to Action found in the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Report
  • Be an ally

We challenge ourselves and our community to engage in true reconciliation – which means the work will be ongoing.  This is a small list – there are many on-line courses, podcasts, and other resources out there. Please make use of the resources below and if you find something you think should be included, please let us know – email Heather at heather.doran@bigbrothersbigsisters.ca

L’Nuey

L’nuey means ‘Belonging to or pertaining to the Mi’kmaq People as a whole’ and their mission is Moving Towards a Better Tomorrow.  In addition to protecting, preserving and implementing the rights of the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island they are also involved in Community Engagement, Education and Reconciliation.  Their website contains all kinds of Educational Resources including:

How to be a Good Ally

Foundational Terms Information & Video

Peace & Friendship Treaties Information & Video

Treaty Protected Fishery Information & Video

National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation has a 5-day National Virtual Event planned for National Truth and Reconciliation Week (Sept 27 – Oct. 1).  In addition to a stream for schools, there are public events which can be viewed Live or on Youtube.  The daily themes include:

Monday – Treaties, Land Claims and Unceded Territories

Tuesday – Language and Culture

Wednesday – Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday – Orange Shirt Day

Friday – Knowledge Transfer – Elder and Youth Dialogues

L’nuey’s Knowledge Keeper, Julie Pellissier-Lush, is offering an interactive workshop for one of the sessions.  (live Wednesday, on Youtube Thursday)

For more information, live links and videos, head to the General Public Event Page

Visit

Read

(Thank you to Julie Pellissier-Lush, Tammy MacDonald & others for their suggestions)

Children’s Books

Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes

I Lost My Talk by Rita Joe

The Sharing Circle by Theresa Meuse

Young Adults

Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Orange Shirt Story by Phyllis Webstad

Fiction

Five Little Indians by Michelle Good

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Monkey Beach – Eden Robinson

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Graphic Novels

Sugar Falls by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson

This Place by ateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, et al.

Non-Fiction

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph

All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward by Tanya Talaga

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

Out of the Depths. The Experiences of Mi’kmaw Children at the Indian Residential School at Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia by Isabelle Knockwood

Song of Rita Joe. Autobiography of a Mi’kmaq Poet by Rita Joe

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Listen

CBC Unreserved

Resonating Reconciliation Documentary Project – The National Campus and Community Radio Association