September 30th, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR), is an opportunity to educate ourselves, to reflect, and to promote awareness of the experiences and challenges faced by Indigenous people in Canada. The NDTR brings attention to the colonial history of Canada and the impacts of this history still felt today as called to by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Indigenous leaders.
September 30th is a time to honour the resiliency, traditions, culture, and rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. It is a time for individuals to engage in conversations about reconciliation and colonialism, listen to stories of survivors, and learn from Indigenous perspectives to build relationships and increase understanding. At Northern Health we are committed to actively providing culturally safe care through humility and empathy. Northern Health’s Indigenous Health team supports our efforts towards reconciliation as we aim to learn from history and contribute positively to a more inclusive society.
Throughout the month, staff have had access to an informational calendar, developed by the Indigenous Health department, that includes activities, videos, and educational materials. Staff can reflect on and learn more about residential schools, the sixties scoop, the millennial scoop and reconciliation actions we can all take.
We encourage everyone to honour this day by attending local NDTR events in your community while also taking the time to learn and reflect. Here are some resources to help facilitate self-reflection, learning, and understanding: