Today is the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As a team largely comprised of settlers on this land, we reflect on why this cannot simply become another long weekend. It must be a day to reiterate our commitment to the goal of reconciliation.
We can use this day in so many ways.
We can use it to read and understand the Truth and Reconciliation reports for ourselves, to truly understand Canada’s treatment of Indigenous people.
We can use it to join in a gathering or event and connect with those in our communities.
We can use it to watch Indigenous knowledge keepers and land guardians share their expertise.
We can use it to learn about the history of the people who first called this land home.
We can use it to learn about the amazing work Indigenous people are doing right now.
However you choose to spend the day, remember that September 30 is not simply another day off. Supporting truth and reconciliation requires more than wearing an orange shirt one day of the year: it is an ongoing and intentional effort that we must all undertake.