National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 

September 26, 2022

We respectfully acknowledge the unceded, traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, on which the SFU Vancouver campus and the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue building are located.

As a Centre within an educational institution with colonial roots, we are committed to continually take action towards truth and reconciliation. 

September 30 marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s a day that symbolizes our responsibility to continually advance truth and reconciliation, both as individuals and as a community. 

This week, we remind ourselves that there were 140 federally run residential schools that operated in Canada between 1831 and 1998. The last school closed only 23 years ago. It is vital to reconciliation that we publicly commemorate this history, that we honour the children who survived residential schools and that we remember those who did not. 

Indigenous Peoples continue to endure painful injustice and intergenerational trauma from the ever-lasting effects of colonialism and capitalism. Last year, we shared a list of actions that we as a Centre and us as individuals can take. We renew our commitment to these actions and encourage staff, students and followers of our work to do the same. 

List of Available Supports

To honour this week, we are amplifying events, calls to action, resources and content that follow the lead of Indigenous communities and centre Indigenous knowledge and worldviews. 

Events

September 27: Step Into The River - A Framework for Economic Reconciliation

Presented by Faculty of Environment at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

September 29: A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth and Reconciliation

Dialogue Fellow Ginger Gosnell-Myers will be providing the Keynote Reflection for the Yellowhead Institute on the progress made on the TRC Calls to Action.

September 29: Every Child Matters T-Shirts

SFU Vancouver campus will have Every Child Matters' t-shirts available by donation at the SFU Admin office (Rm#2000, Harbour Centre) and outside Rm #1400 on Sept 29th from Noon-1pm.

September 29: Honouring Ancestral Teachings and Environmental Knowledge In a Time Of Urgency: Lessons From The Ninogaad

Presented by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at SFU Harbour Centre. 

October 5: SFU Vancouver Lunch ‘N’ Learn: A Conversation with William Lindsay

Please join us as we welcome Indigenous scholar and author, William Lindsay, back to SFU. After providing Indigenous leadership at UBC, SFU and Concordia, William dug deep into his past to write a candid and compelling story about his own remarkable life, Rez Dog Blues and the Haiku: A Savage Life in Bits and Pieces. William will sit down with SFU’s Am Johal and discuss his award-nominated book and his personal journey from the residential school era to university leader, going from trauma to transformation. This is an in-person event with lunch provided.

Ways to Learn More

Read Chief Dr. Robert Joseph’s new book, Namwayut—We Are All One: A Pathway to Reconciliation 

Learn more about the origins of Orange Shirt Day through founder Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s personal story.

Read reports and Red Papers from Yellowhead Institute, including the 2021 Status Update on Reconciliation

Listen to Kuper Island, an 8-part CBC podcast hosted by Duncan McCue about one of Canada’s most notorious residential schools

Additional Resources from SFU

Office for Aboriginal Peoples has a list of ways to get involved, resources and supports 

The Belzberg Library has compiled a catalogue of resources 

SFU Faculty of Education’s RESPECT project 

SFU Public Square’s Indigenous Voices collection