What should you do on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation? – techlifetoday

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What should you do on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation? – techlifetoday

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 202234 Views

27 Sep, 2022

The importance of education, reflection and being uncomfortable

NAIT will be closed on Sept. 30, but it’s not your conventional federal statutory holiday. Whereas other days off might offer the opportunity to escape to the cabin or campground, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day to engage with Canada in a different way.

Sept. 30 is a day to reflect upon the impact, legacy and intergenerational effects of Residential Schools, which had the goal of assimilating First Nations, Inuit and Métis people into Canadian society. Sharing the date with Orange Shirt Day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is also a chance to consider the story of Phyllis Webstad, whose life was forever altered by her childhood experiences at a school in 1973.

Inquiring from a settler perspective, I asked staff at NAIT’s Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre – manager Derek Thunder, Aboriginal liaison specialists Dawn Lameman (Bachelor of Business Administration – Management ’16, Accounting ’12) and Camille Louis, and support staffer Sharyn Cree – what I can do to acknowledge the day and honour the survivors of residential schools and the children who never came home.

Read More: https://www.techlifetoday.ca/articles/2022/recognizing-national-day-for-truth-reconciliation

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