As part of our mandate on outreach and engagement, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) posts information to support our Communities
“When The Time Comes”: A Guide for End-of-Life Planning for Indigenous People Saskatoon Survivors’
The Survivors/Elders Called to Action Group (now known as Saskatoon Survivors Circle) identified a need for a resource or guide to aid Indigenous people planning for death and passing. We began this process because colonial institutions and churches avoided the recognition of our ways.
This guide is based on Indigenous perspectives and lived experience.
The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The National Inquiry must look into and report on the systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls, including sexual violence. We must examine the underlying social, economic, cultural, institutional, and historical causes that contribute to the ongoing violence and particular vulnerabilities of Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
Federal Indian Day School Class Action
In 2009, Garry McLean started a legal action regarding the forced attendance of Aboriginal students at Indian Day Schools across Canada. This proposed national Class Action is the first of its kind and seeks compensation for the damages and abuses suffered by all Indian Day School students who were forced to attend Indian Day Schools and were excluded from the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
Saskatoon Indian Residential School Circle (SSC)
The Saskatoon Indian Residential School Survivors Circle was organized informally in 2017-2018.
The SSC was created for Survivors by Survivors of the Indian Residential School in the Saskatoon area to have a safe space to connect with other Survivors, share stories, create a sense of community, while promoting wellness and inclusion that involves cultural protocols, ceremonies and teachings.
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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.