On Friday, September 30th, Canada observes its National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (also Orange Shirt Day), a day dedicated to remembering and honouring the lost children and survivors of residential schools, along with their families and communities. We walk together on the journey toward truth and reconciliation, and everyone plays a role.
Moorelands Kids understands that it is our responsibility to listen, learn from, and amplify the voices of Indigenous communities as we endeavor to address the injustices endured by Indigenous peoples.
We seek out every opportunity to become knowledgeable about and be inspired by the distinctive history, languages, and cultural traditions of Indigenous communities. Today, let us take time to pause, listen, reflect and educate ourselves about the real-life experiences of Indigenous individuals in our nation. For resources to help get you started, see below:
- The History of Residential Schools
Learn about the history of residential schools from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Residential School Timeline
See a timeline of history of residential schools and the ongoing road to reconciliation
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The Government of Canada shares important resources.
- Orange Shirt Day.org
Read about Phyllis Webstad, a residential school survivor, and learn why we wear an orange shirt on September 30th.
- CBC Kids: What is Orange Shirt Day?
Phyllis Webstad answers kids’ questions about Orange Shirt Day.
- Native Land Interactive Map:
This interactive map shows territories of Indigenous land across the world. You can type in your own home address to learn what Indigenous land you live on and discover resources to learn more about its history.
Moorelands Kids acknowledges our presence in Toronto, situated on the ancestral Indigenous land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. Furthermore, Moorelands Camp, located on Kawagama Lake, rests upon the traditional territory of the Anishnabeg and Huron-Wendat peoples.