National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Statement from Dr. Carrie Bourassa

The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will take place on September 30, 2021, the same day as the annual Orange Shirt Day. Born out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 80, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation provides a moment for reflection and awareness about the historical and contemporary impacts of residential schools and other colonial policies and practices. The CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health remains committed to fostering Indigenous-led research that addresses these impacts and strives to improve the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, Métis and Urban Indigenous communities. Given the recent disclosure of Indigenous children’s remains on the grounds of former residential schools, it is particularly important at this time to support each other while respecting and honouring all the children and the families of the children who were taken to residential schools, including those who did not make it home, as well as those who did. Whether you plan to attend an Orange Shirt Day event, read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, spend time with family, or otherwise, we wish you a peaceful and healing week ahead.

Miigwetch, merci, thank you.

Dr. Carrie Bourassa
Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Here are some resources for those seeking support:

  • National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (24-hour): 1-866 925-4419
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 / hopeforwellness.ca

Those wishing to seek the support of an Elder could contact CIHR-IIPH Institute Advisory Board Elders:

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