September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, and Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Like many “special days”, we should really be thinking about these things every day, and not just once a year. But it is an opportunity to think about what you can do to support truth and reconciliation, and learn about the history of oppression of Indigenous people.
Resources, Education, and Organizations to Donate to
Government of Canada website
Read about the Calls to Action here.
First Nations Child & Family Caring Society – Spirit Bear
Wonderful resources for kids and adults alike, including educators, featuring Spirit Bear
Watch this short stop-motion film about Spirit Bear with your kids! Really beautiful message.
Write a letter to the Canadian government to demand they address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Actions. Templates available here.
BC provincial organization
Highlights ways non-Indigenous people can take action
Take this open online course for free!
Indigenous Makers and Businesses
This collective of more than 70 indigenous artists is at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers Market on weekends.
Subscription box promoting Indigenous businesses
Indigenous made streetwear brand, including orange shirts
leather handbags and apparel made by Indigenous women
This list is certainly not exhaustive – if you have other resources and recommendations to share, please do so in the comments!
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