From September 25 to 30, 2023, the KC and the SSW encourage professors, students, educators and administrative staff to recognize the traumatic history experienced by more than seven generations of Indigenous families in Canada's residential schools (1831 to 1996). To this day, the weight of this history continues to have an intergenerational impact on the daily experiences of many families living with the lingering aftermath of colonial policies.
According to Marie Wilson, Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC, 2015) and wife of a residential school survivor, healing must first and foremost involve transforming judgments into compassion. Education is a lever for achieving this goal, and a key to opening the door to dialogue and awareness of the tragedies of the past.
This week of commemoration offers a series of initiatives to honour the memory of survivors, to highlight their strength of character and resurgence in the face of adversity, and to ensure that these atrocities never happen again. The week also invites all those who reside in Canada not only to reflect on the history of residential schools, but to take action, including educating themselves, committing to engaging with the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action, and joining with Indigenous communities and organizations to resist the effects and impacts of colonialism that persist to this day.
Below, the SSW and KC have provided a list of resources and events that will be taking place in and around the Ottawa-Gatineau region. We encourage everyone to join us in participating.
Saturday, September 30th, 1 p.m. - Gathering at the Parliament. Wear orange!