National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

September 30th is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

We recognize that reconciliation isn’t one day of wearing an orange t-shirt, but an ongoing, daily process of decolonization and re-Indigenization. 

Together with folks from our Indigenous Advisory Circle, FoodShare’s Indigenous Action Coordinator, Shar-Dey Phipps-Walker, has thoughtfully curated this list of resources to read, watch, and listen to, as well as actions to take in support of Indigenous communities.

1. Read a first-hand account 

2. Understand policy gaps 

3. Watch important stories 

4. Listen to contemporary voices

5. Wear an orange shirt and understand why 

When she was six, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad had a brand new orange shirt for her first day of school, bought for her by her grandmother. When she arrived at residential school, she was stripped and her clothes were taken away, including her orange shirt. The shirt was never returned. To Phyllis, the colour orange was a reminder of her residential school experiences: “how my feelings didn’t matter, how no one cared and I felt like I was worth nothing. All of us little children were crying and no one cared.” Learn more about her story.

6. Support a grassroots group with a donation

7. Buy Indigenous art and products, support Indigenous artists and makers 

8. Attend an event to celebrate Indigenous culture