College statement for 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Tomorrow (September 30, 2022) is the annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. It is a time for all of us to reflect on the painful legacy of colonialism and the harm caused to Indigenous Peoples, harm that continues to this day.
September 30 is also known as Orange Shirt Day an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day honouring children who survived residential schools, and remembering those who did not. It is an opportunity to discuss the effects of residential schools and it honours the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirms a commitment that every child matters. If you purchase an orange shirt to recognize the harms of the residential school system, please verify that you are purchasing something created by Indigenous individuals or which supports Indigenous-led initiatives.
The College of Applied Biologists encourages all registrants to take the time tomorrow to not only honour the day and the children so brutally impacted by residential schools, but also to consider how as individuals, community members and citizens we can make the changes necessary to achieve true reconciliation. The College office will be closed in observance of Truth and Reconciliation Day; College staff will be doing self-guided assignments that explore Indigenous culture and history.
“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces. To do so constructively, Canadians must remain committed to the ongoing work of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.”
-- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The College's governing Council would like to recommend the following learning resources to registrants to review on the 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation's Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 program
- APTN's Special Programming Schedule for September 29-30, 2022
- The Story of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, founder of the Orange Shirt Society
- Fraser Basin Council's 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation resources list
Additionally, the College encourages registrants to explore any commemorative events that are occurring in their region.