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September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, legislated as a federal statuatory holiday on June 3, 2021. For a number of years September 30 has also been an Indigenous-led Orange Shirt Day, a day to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

Take some time on September 30 to recognize the need for truth and reconciliation with the Indigenous people in Canada. To help educate and deepen our understanding of the issues, we provide here a number of resources from various sources both secular and from an Anabaptist perspective.

Family viewing:

If you only have time for one thing, watch Yummo Comes Home, a 28 minute documentary video telling the story of an Okanagan/ Thompson Aboriginal man who revisits the Kamloops B.C. Residential School building where he was hurt to reclaim and bring back home his boyhood innocence and confidence. 

Overview Links:

  1. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
  2. On the holiday: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
  3. Residential Schools: https://nctr.ca/education/teaching-resources/residential-school-history/

MB/Anabaptist Videos:

  1. A film that explores how the Young Chippewayan Band, Mennonites and Lutherans work together to repair the wrongs of the past in Laird, Saskatchewan: https://mcccanada.ca/stories/reserve-107
  2. Working Towards Right Relationships: Stories from MCC's Indigenous Neighbours program.