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Sep 03, 2021

Resources to participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Honouring Survivors, Families, and Communities

A new federal statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was included as part of the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final report in 2015. As noted in the Calls to Action, the day is meant to “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” 

On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Kindred is encouraging staff members and members alike to take some time to reflect. The day is intended to be more than another holiday, notes Ian Thomas, chief executive officer at Kindred. It’s meant to create space and time to reflect on the ways we can all take action to participate in reconciliation.

This spring we created a video that explores Kindred’s Community Inspiration Framework and highlights our ten focus areas, which include Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation. Kindred is committed to learning, building partnerships, and mobilizing our resources to make tangible progress towards reconciliation. 


Leading up to September 30, we invite you to learn, listen and act in support of Indigenous Justice and Reconciliation.

We plan to share additional resources here in the coming days, so please check back as we add more opportunities to learn, listen and act. 


Calls to Action 

Have you read the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada? Read the Calls here.

  • Consider choosing one or two Calls to Action that you could integrate into your life or work. What’s your plan? How will you hold yourself accountable? Consider an activity with your family using this youth-friendly version of the Calls to Action from the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. 

Whose Land?

What do you know about the land you live and work on? Whose Land is a web-based app that supports learning about Indigenous Nations, territories, treaties and communities across Canada.

Orange Shirt Day 2021 Program 

Virtual programs are being offered through the Woodland Cultural Centre from September 20 – September 30, 2021. Limited spots are available, so make sure to register


Undercurrents Podcast

Our partner, Mennonite Central Committee of Ontario (MCCO), is experimenting with podcasts as a new way of sharing the stories they’re privileged to hear through their work. Listen to two Undercurrents episodes that connect with MCCO’s Indigenous Neighbours Program. 

This episode shares stories from a residential school survivor; learns from Indigenous partners who are working to reclaim their culture; and listens to settlers wrestle with their evolving relationship with Canada.

Consider the following questions to guide your reflection on this episode.

What does ‘Canadian identity’ mean to you? Why is it important to ‘Save the Evidence’? How will you apply what you’ve learned on the journey towards reconciliation? 

This is the story of one man, who used to work at a residential school, and how he has spent the rest of his life trying to hold himself accountable, and what accountability can mean for others.

Consider the following questions to guide your reflection on this episode.

Merle opens by saying, “This is a story, this is my story”. Think about your story. What is your relationship to the land you call home? What should accountability look like for government and church involvement in residential schools? What could ‘ethical space’ look like in your life?

Honouring treaties with peacebuilding

Listen to the MCC Canada podcast, Honouring treaties with peacebuilding with Adrian Jacobs, Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy.


“Remember Me” Walk 

For those in or around Waterloo Region, on September 30 The Healing of the Seven Generations is hosting a community walk to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island as a result of the country’s former residential school system. 

Mohawk Institute Virtual Tour

Every month, the Woodland Cultural Centre presents a screening of the Mohawk Institute Residential School as a fundraiser for the Save the Evidence fundraising campaign. 

Orange Shirt Day 

For many years, one of the tools for building awareness of the harms done through the residential school system has been to wear an orange shirt. Held annually since 2013, September 30 marks Orange Shirt Day, a day to learn about, remember, and honour Indigenous children who were taken from their families and sent to residential schools across Canada. Learn more and buy your own orange shirt.

MCC and Indigenous-Settler Relations in Turtle Island

On September 30 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, participate in a ‘MCC at 100’ conference session focused on Indigenous-Settler Relations in Turtle Island.

Consider the following questions to guide your reflection on this episode.

What does it mean to honour the treaties that cover the land you live on? What does it mean for our values or faith to be “embodied in activity”? How do peacebuilding and reconciliation relate?

Ian Thomas,

Ian Thomas, MBA, ICD.D

Chief Executive Officer Ian is a values-led, people-centric leader with a proven track record developing strategy, empowering teams, and establishing lasting connections with strategic and community partners.