Truth and Reconciliation

Orange shirts

This shirt is not just another shirt to wear. It holds lessons. Wearing an Orange Shirt shows our commitment to restoring balance between Indigenous Nations and Settler Canadians. It demonstrates our willingness to consider new possibilities. We have decided to change this relationship. You, me, our union, all of us are ready to do the right thing by acting, not just by wearing this shirt but with the actions of our hearts.

Truth and Reconciliation Resources

Here are some ideas to help you keep moving on your own reconciliation journey.

Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel (2016) explains the issues in an easy-to-read format.

There are two reports to begin to understand the issues:

94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

231 Calls for Justice from the Commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

These websites are recommended:

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (everyone should know Canada only reluctantly agreed to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination)

150 Acts of Reconciliation for Canada’s 150th

This may be new information to you. These links will help you fill in the blanks:

Colonialism, Explained

Colonization and Decolonization: A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century

Decolonizing Together: Moving Beyond a Politics of Solidarity Toward a Practice of Decolonization

7 self-care strategies for dismantling the patriarchy

Choosing not to look away: Confronting colonialism in Canada