National Day For Truth and Reconciliation Resources

National Day For Truth and Reconciliation Resources

We mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. Members of the King’s community, particularly settler Canadians, are exploring ways to bring the work of decolonization and reconciliation to their everyday practice. The resources below include information on how to bring this work and practice into your scholarly pursuits, financial choices, daily life, and relationship to the land.

It is important to recognize that some of the information presented on these websites could have a strong impact on you. This is a Day filled with grief and all of its accompanying stages and emotions. Please be aware of your emotional response to this material and seek supports as needed.

For Indigenous members of our community these websites, and this Day itself, can be triggering and harmful. For settlers, the discomfort that learning about and engaging in reconciliation creates is necessary. The work of reconciliation is urgent and ongoing. Consider how to care for yourself in ways that will create an ability to engage in discussion, action, and reflection on reconciliation in a sustainable way.


Residential School Education

Financial Re-distribution

Settlers who are salaried can consider what it means to profit from paid holidays like the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Canada Day. How can this financial gain directly tied to colonialism be put back into the hands of Indigenous people and communities?

Daily Life

Relationship to the land

Community Events for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Treaty Day, and Indigenous History Month

Weekend of Reconciliation on the Waterfront

September 30 – October 2
Salter Sands, Halifax Waterfront

Thursday, September 30 – Orange Shirt Day

10 a.m.: Opening Prayer/Song

Opening Remarks

Welcome / History of Orange Shirt Day

Painting craft on Orange Shirts

Info pamphlets and MNFC staff on site to answer questions

3 p.m.: Closing remarks

Friday, October 1 – Treaty Day

10 a.m.: Opening Prayer/Song

Opening Remarks

11:30 a.m. Traditional Salmon Dinner
(first come first served to 500)

Welcome / History of Treaties in Mi’kma’ki

Live Entertainment

Videos played throughout the day on treaty conflicts in Mi’kma’ki

MNFC staff on site to answer questions

3 p.m.: Closing remarks

Saturday, October 2 – Family Day

12 p.m.: Opening Prayer/Song

Opening Remarks

Open Mic for Artists

Crafts for Children

Indigenous Music & Pow wow dance demonstrations

MNFC staff on site to answer questions

3 p.m.: Closing remarks

Events Hosted by Dalhousie University

Tuesday, September 28

6-8 p.m.: A virtual talk and discussion by Catherine Martin, hosted by the School of Resource and Environmental Studies Student Society.

Thursday, September 30

7-7:30 a.m.: A virtual sunrise ceremony hosted by Catherine Martin, Director of Indigenous Community Engagement (Link will be made available from the HRES website.)

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: A virtual Zoom presentation from Dalhousie faculty member Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, hosted by the Dalhousie Faculty Association

There are many more events taking place in Mi’kmaki, and across Turtle Island. For more information on both Dalhousie and community events, visit the HRES website. The Dalhousie and King’s communities are also invited to join the online sunrise ceremony organized by APTN and airing live on television.

Further Learning

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Resources for Indigenous Students, Staff & Faculty

Dalhousie Indigenous Student Center

Indigenous Student Advisor

Michelle Graveline, Indigenous Student Advisor at Dalhousie, provides support for all students who identify as Indigenous. She can be reached at mgraveline@dal.ca.

Crisis Support

Emotional, cultural and professional support services are also available to Survivors and their families through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program. Services can be accessed on an individual, family or group basis.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador: 1-866-414-8111

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