We encourage you to take time to reflect and act everyday for National Truth & Reconciliation and to have discussions with others in your community, including children. “We all have a part to play. The world won’t be changed all at once — reconciliation is a long-term process — but each step means something” (David Robertson, author)
Below are some activities and a link to help speak to children about this and to grow our own understanding and involvement in Indigenous issues and the history of Canada.
o Here’s a good article about how to explain the new National day when speaking with children www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-national-day-for-truth-and-reconciliation
o Parents can ensure their children participate in school activities if they are able, and that can be as simple as wearing an orange shirt, purchased from an Indigenous artist or organization.
o David Robertson wrote “When We Were Alone", which is a children's book about Indian Residential Schools — find that title and more in this list of 10 Indigenous books for children at www.cbc.ca/parents/learning/view/10-beautiful-indigenous-childrens-books-to-add-to-your-library
o Review the Truth and Reconciliation reports, archives, Calls to Action and educational resources.
o Start your journey of education about the history of residential schools and why it matters with "100 years of loss: A timeline of indigenous history and the legacy of oppressive policy."
o Listen to former Senator and Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murray Sinclair’s statement on the discovery at the former Residential School site in Kamloops
o Watch this Ted Talk by Starleigh Grass: “Reconciliation and Education: Lessons to remember before thinking about, talking about, and teaching about Residential schools and reconciliation.”
o Engage and promote Indigenous culture. Canada is home to incredible Indigenous artistry and storytelling. Enjoy accessible programing like Honour Water which displays stunning Indigenous artwork while promoting the preservation of Indigenous language.
o Explore the pervasive history of residential schools across Canada through the Beyond-94 program. What is your personal connection to this day? Did you live close to a residential school?
We encourage you to reflect critically on what we can do to support the TRC efforts both as conscious citizens and as youth leaders. Consider the following points:
o How can we better support Indigenous programming and peoples in our communities?
o Have we created a space for critical discussion on Canadian history, discrimination, and reconciliation in our personal and work lives?
o How might a lack of consideration of Indigenous issues impact a youth in the Navy League?
o What goals can we set to encourage continuous growth in this issue