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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Self-Directed Learning Resources

There are many additional learning pieces that provide information about Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

Follow along with the suggested learning plan at your own pace and engage with the important resources as we lead up to September 30, and beyond. 

September 19

September 19

Preparing for the 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation with Honourable Murray Sinclair

 

Honouring the Truth, Reconciliation for the Future

Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada


What we have learned

Principles of Truth and Reconciliation


Peter Henderson Bryce

The Story of a National Crime. An Appeal for Justice to the Indians of Canada

September 21

September 21

Preparing for the 2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Please note: These videos contain distressing details that may be upsetting or triggering for viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Crimes Against Children at Residential Schools: The Truth About St. Anne's

Kamloops Residential School Survivors Recall Students Going Missing

Digging of Graves in Orchards

Kuper Island

An eight-part series that tells the stories of four students—three who survived and one who didn't. 

September 26

September 26

Peter Henderson Bryce

Speaking the Truth to Canada's Power

Cindy Blackstock discusses the myths of Canadian History. TVO. The Agenda with Steve Paikin. July 1. 2021

Watch video

Finding Heart

April 1, 2016

Learn more about Dr. Peter Bryce on the National Library of Medicine website. 

September 27

September 27

The missing children; every child matters
September 28

September 28

Celebrating Residential School survivors
September 29

September 29

The present

Yellowhead Institute: Special online event

A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth & Reconciliation: What does National Day for Truth and Reconciliation mean when so many of the impactful Calls to Action remain incomplete?

The Real Work Begins Now

Three Indigenous leaders on the Pope's apology


Is the Pope's apology enough?


Rescind the Doctrine of Discovery

Why Pope Francis may be hesitant 

September 30

September 30

Reconciliation—looking ahead

Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Indigenous Perspectives on the Pope's apology

The Papal visit in July 2022 resulted in mixed emotions for many Indigenous Peoples throughout the country. Join us to hear directly from those who were involved in and affected by the Pope’s visit. Learn more about what the apology means to those impacted by Residential Schools, its effects on Reconciliation, and how this will shape Indigenous communities and intergenerational relationships across Turtle Island.

Carea Oshawa event

All are welcome to hear from Residential School survivor Bernard Nelson, listen to Big Drum Wiingushk Deyweygun, take part in a sacred fire and have light refreshements. 

#Next150Challenge

Discover new books, music, movies and art, and make connections in your own community by joining others from all across the country. 

Join the Challenge

Indigenous Ally Toolkit

Created to foster alliances, and educate non-Indigenous people and groups on how they can use their privilege to listen, shift power dynamics, and take concrete steps towards reconciliACTION

View the toolkit

Library Guide

Library Guide

Additional Indigenous Resources
References

References

Beyond 94. Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform-single/beyond-94?&cta=3

Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials: The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Volume 4. https://archives.nctr.ca/uploads/r/National-Centre-for-Truth-and-Reconciliation-NCTR/b/7/7/b7755277d8650e87a6

Did you live near a residential school? (CBC) https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/beyond-94-residential-school-map/

Dr. Peter Bryce (1853-1932): Whistleblower on residential schools. CMAJ. 2020 Mar 2;192(9):E223-E224. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190862. PMID: 32122982; PMCID: PMC7055949.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7055949/

Finding Heart. April 1, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1NQ_tgR_oA

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. https://irsi.ubc.ca/sites/default/files/inline-files/Executive_Summary_English_Web.pdf

Indigenous Ally Toolkit https://www.kanikanichihk.ca/2021/indigenous-ally-toolkit/

Is the Pope’s apology enough? (TVO) https://www.tvo.org/video/is-the-popes-apology-enough

Missing children of Indian Residential Schoolshttps://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/cfe29bee35c54a70b9621349f19a3db2

Peter Henderson Bryce. The Story of a National Crime. An Appeal for Justice to the Indians of Canadahttps://caid.ca/AppJusIndCan1922.pdf

Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation with Honourable Murray Sinclair. 2021. https://youtu.be/HQ2IsM8Ctf4

Rescind the Doctrine of Discovery. Why Pope Francis may be hesitant to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery. (CBC)
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/pope-francis-doctrine-discovery-indigenous-1.6536174

Residential school timeline. https://nctr.ca/exhibits/residential-school-timeline/

Speaking Truth to Canada’s Power. Cindy Blackstock discusses the myths of Canadian history.  TVO. The Agenda with Steve Paikin. July 1, 2021. https://www.tvo.org/video/speaking-truth-to-canadas-power

‘The real work begins now’: Three Indigenous leaders on the Pope’s apology.
(TVO) https://www.tvo.org/article/the-real-work-begins-now-three-indigenous-leaders-on-the-popes-apology?gclid=Cj0KCQjw0oyYBhDGARIsAMZEuMt9e1uZLzKt2R0KmacpBjTlV18LVKSq3SJnohdoCueovxnVvQOFO6IaAjrAEALw_wcB

The Survivors’ Flag. https://nctr.ca/exhibits/survivors-flag/

The Survivors Speak: A Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. https://archives.nctr.ca/uploads/r/National-Centre-for-Truth-and-Reconciliation-NCTR/1/b/b/1bb6ca8d11e41b9401390ab4f6185727dc5b81f647604a01fe90de26b8699fc9/NCTR-EDU-003-001-003.pdf

What We Have Learned. Principles of Truth and Reconciliation. https://ehprnh2mwo3.exactdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Principles_English_Web.pdf