The Alberta Foster and Kinship Association respectfully honours the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, 2021. Recognizing this day, honouring the legacies of the survivors, families, and communities, and building relationships is a critical first step towards moving forward.
Among many, a vital role of our Association is to support families and advocate for the rights of children. We believe in this cause unequivocally and will do our part to create dialogue, offer trainings, develop lasting relationships with the Indigenous community, and be a voice for change.
On the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we can learn more and reflect on the meaning of this day by attending an event and looking for ways we can support reconciliation efforts with residential school survivors, and all those affected by these tragedies. One way can be by reading the Truth and Reconciliation report; reconciliation is a shared responsibility for all Canadians and requires action not just on this day, but every day.
Every year on September 30th, people across Canada wear orange to raise awareness about the history and legacies of the residential school system in Canada. Below are some helpful and informative links that can provide insight and better understanding surrounding the significance of Orange Shirt Day, additional resources to deepen our knowledge, along with resources for training at the University of Alberta.
For a history on Orange Shirt Day:
Schedule for Truth and Reconciliation:
The Survivor’s Flag
U of A Course: Indigenous Canada
Indigenous Canada MOOC