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Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted on Tuesday September 28, 2021

On Thursday, September 30, Canada will mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for the first time and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused Indigenous families and communities. It’s a statutory holiday for federal government employees and coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which began in 2013 to recognize and raise awareness about the residential school system in Canada.

The Town of Tillsonburg will light the Rotary Clock Tower with orange lights on September 30 to honour those whose lives and families have been impacted by residential schools.

Town Council also recently adopted a Land Acknowledgment Statement that will be made at the introduction of civic celebrations, official events. council meetings and presentations, as well as being printed on significant documents and the Town of Tillsonburg website:

"In Tillsonburg, as we gather on the traditional territory of indigenous peoples, dating back countless generations, we acknowledge the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee and Attawandaron peoples, showing respect for the long-standing relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers."

Here are some resources that can help you learn more about Truth and Reconciliation, and Indigenous issues. 


The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is offering a full week of online Truth and Reconciliation Programming for educators, students and the general public.

The programming will feature short videos created by Indigenous storytellers, followed by conversations with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Survivors, and the children of Survivors of residential schools. The videos will be supported with classroom activities for students. Throughout the week there will be artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists. There will also be a moving tribute to the Missing Children that never returned home from the residential schools.


Oxford County Resources

The Oxford County Library has put together a list of helpful resources related to Truth and Reconciliation. All books and resources are available from the library. 


Oxford County Archives

Oxford County Archives has curated a collection of vetted resources on the history of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, truth and reconciliation, and residential schools. Learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action and the commission’s work. The complete collection of resources is available online.