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Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023

September 25 – 30, 2023

Reconciliation Starts with Education

Learning and commemorating the truth of our history from First Nations, Métis, and Inuit knowledge keepers is an important part on the path of reconciliation. Interested in learning more? During Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 we invite you to join our daily lunch and learns for an immersive experience to UN-learn the myths of colonial history in Canada.

All are Welcome – Join our Daily Lunch & Learns

Day 1 – Sept. 25:
Indigenous peoples and the History of residential schools.

Speaker: Crystal Fraser , Tagaaq M. E-Palmer

Day 2 – Sept. 26:
Unconscious bias and debunking stereotypes.

Speaker: Cary Miller, Jesse Wente

Day 3 – Sept. 27:
Intergenerational impacts and ongoing systemic discrimination.

Speaker: Cynthia Wesley-Esquim, Christa Big Canoe

Day 4 – Sept. 28:
Indigenous Peoples’ rights and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Speaker: Brenda Gunn, Karen Drake, Caleb Behn

Day 5 – Sept. 29:
Taking action towards Reconciliation.

Speaker: Jimmy Durocher, Dale LeClair

The 50-minute sessions will begin at 12:30 CDT each day.

All sessions will have simultaneous English-French, and ASL interpretation. 

September 30th – Join Us on Parliament Hill

Remembering the Childrencommemorates the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.Join us in-person at noon EDT on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa (West Block lawn), as we memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors and their families.   

Can’t make it in person?The live National broadcast will begin at 1pm EDT on APTN and other supporting broadcasters.  

Educators! Check out our free virtual educational programming for grades K-12

To assist teachers, we’re offering Honouring Survivors, a week-long educational program open to all schools across Canada, that supports education curriculums, is age appropriate and free to grades 1 – 12. Join us for an immersive experience to UN-learn the myths of colonial history in Canada.

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NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.

Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.