Honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021
In formal recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the NRHN will be closed on September 30 to allow staff to reflect on the historical and ongoing impacts of settler-colonialism and explore opportunities to support Indigenous decolonization and human rights. Below are resources to support your own participation in Truth and Reconciliation.

Today—September 30—is Orange Shirt Day and the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

While reconciliation requires an ongoing commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action— a commitment that extends far beyond this one day—we at the National Right to Housing Network honour this holiday in order to take time to reflect on the historical and ongoing impacts of settler-colonialism and residential schools. Following the guidance of our Indigenous partners, we continue to work towards a decolonized housing sector in which Indigenous children, families, and peoples—who disproportionately face homelessness and inadequate housing—can thrive.

We encourage our members and supporters to join us in taking time to not only listen, learn, and reflect, but also explore opportunities to meaningfully support Indigenous decolonization and do the work to dismantle systemic barriers to Indigenous sovereignty, self-determination, and basic human rights like the right to housing. We also call on all levels of governments to honour their obligations to uphold Indigenous human rights and self-determination, as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and elaborated upon in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls to Justice.

To help both Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples (i.e. settlers) participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we have put together a list of Indigenous-led resources to explore:

  • The latest episode of Telling our Twisted Histories, on decolonizing the word “reconciliation”
  • CBC’s Reclaimed Playlist, featuring a collection of Indigenous music of various genres
  • Mi’kmaq lawyer Dr. Pam Palmater’s Warrior Life podcast, focused on 1) asserting, living, and defending sovereignty, 2) decolonizing the mind, body, and spirit, and 3) revitalizing Indigenous cultures, nations, laws, and governing practices
  • A three-part Residential Schools podcast series hosted by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais and Historica Canada, which explores the history and legacy of residential schools and honours the stories of First Nations, Metis and Inuit Survivors, their families, and communities
  • The Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo podcast, which helps unravel what happened to Cleo Nicotine Semaganis, a young Cree girl who was taken from her family by child welfare workers in the Sixties Scoop
  • Mumilaaq Qaqqaq’s powerful On The Way Home podcast episode on Nunavut’s housing crisis and the subjugation of Indigenous peoples in Northern Canada
  • The Inuit Circumpolar Council’s unikkaat / unipkaat ungipaghat / nallunairutet Circumpolar Waves podcast, sharing Inuit voices, stories, and experiences
NOTE: If you or someone you know needs support, please call 1-866-925-4419 to reach the 24-hour National Residential School Crisis Line, dedicated to Survivors and those affected.


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