National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the many thousands of lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. Its purpose is also to continue the conversation about the truths of First Nations Treaties, the Métis and Inuit Land Claims, and the legacy of the residential school system. As educators we must reckon with our sector’s history of institutional racism towards Indigenous Peoples, as well as the current inequity within our educational systems. To do this, we commit to listening to and learning from Indigenous communities and leaders.
We are grateful for the leadership of our Committee to Support Indigenous Adult Learners that began working together last year. We are also thankful for the Indigenous speakers who have recently shared their knowledge with us. We look forward to learning from Riley Yesno, our keynote speaker at our CESBA 2022 Conference in November who will be presenting “Beyond Reconciliation: Taking Education to the Next Level”.
Here are some Indigenous resource links curated by the Committee to Support Indigenous Adult Learners:
For survivors—Residential School Survivor Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419