On Thursday September 30th, Canadians will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time in history. The day honours the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit survivors of Residential Schools and commemorates those who did not return. PAPER LABEL will be pausing work on this day to allow all employees to reflect on the legacies of the Residential School system, colonial policies and the cultural genocide of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
This day, and every day, we need to take action towards creating a place where Indigenous peoples are heard. Reconciliation is the responsibility of every Canadian. Here are actions that we at PAPER LABEL are exploring.
Before being officially recognized by the federal government, this date was known as Orange Shirt Day. Small gestures such as displaying an orange shirt in your window can have a powerful impact on survivors.
SUPPORTING AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS ARTISANS AND BUSINESSES
Support the work of Indigenous artisans and their traditional craft, such as quilling on birch bark and basket weaving. Add Indigenous art to your cart and strengthen a digital economy rooted in care for the land and each other.
ATTENDING AN EVENT
Attend Indigenous cultural events open to the public, such as:
LEARNING THE HISTORY
The damages inflicted by Residential Schools continue to this day. For many survivors, talking about their experiences in residential schools means reliving the traumas they experienced. For years, many told no one about what they had endured.
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice
- Learn about residential schools and take a tour of former sites, such as those offered by the Woodland Cultural Centre
- Research First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in your area to understand their history and contributions to society
- Access the Indigenous Resource Guide curated by NSCC Libraries
MAKING A DONATION
You can help organizations across the country that are working to support survivors and further reconciliation. To get started, here are a few organizations below.
Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Orange Shirt Society
True North Aid
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society
We continue our pursuit to learn about the stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples while encouraging others to discover additional resources and ways to give back or get involved within their own community.
In honour of Truth and Reconciliation Day, PAPER LABEL will be making a donation to The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) — a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.
Image credit: Waterloo Region District School Board