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Truth and Reconciliation Guide

This Guide will honour those who were lost and share stories of experiences for the purpose of learning and coming together.

Welcome

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Content in this guide may prove challenging to some. User care is recommended and support information is listed below.

The purpose of this guide is to provide visitors with basic information, resource guidance, and supports while learning more about Truth and Reconciliation. It provides connections to online resources and exhibitions to support learning and research on Truth and Reconciliation from sources such as the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the Canadian government. Other sections include recommended resources from the Library's collection focusing on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC)'s findings and Calls to Action, residential school experiences/memoirs, advocacy, activism, and cultural revitalization, and children and young adult materials.

There is always more to learn and engage with regarding this topic.

Resources

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What Can I Do?

A few suggestions to that question, What Can I Do

  • Reflect
    • Consider your personal contributions to reconciliation. 
  • Listen
    • Listen to those who are willing to share their stories and experiences, that is a privilege you have been given.
    • Listen to Indigenous podcasts and musicians.
  • Acknowledge
    • Acknowledge the Residential school and other experiences of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Learn
    • Learn about the diversity of Indigenous communities across the country and specifically about those located where you live.
    • Attend a cultural event.
  • Read
    • Read materials created by Indigenous authors, share stories with children. 
    • Read and implement the Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Watch
    • Watch films and documentaries by Indigenous film-makers
    • Visit Indigenous exhibitions at GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) or cultural institutions.
  • Support
    • Support emerging and established Indigenous authors, artists, creators, communities, and groups.
    • Volunteer at an Indigenous not-for-profit.
  • Advocate
    • ​​​​​​​Advocate for Indigenous causes and supports as invited to do so.

Supports


 


 


 


OTHER SUPPORTS

Good2Talk Helpline: 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
Ontario’s 24/7 helpline for postsecondary students.

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Youth mental health support available 24/7.