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Truth and Reconciliation - Resources for Business

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.   A federal holiday which recognizes the ongoing impacts of residential schools on survivors, their families and communities, as part of the ongoing reconciliation process.

September 30th is a federal holiday, which means it is a stat holiday for those in federally-regulated industries (such as banks, ports, telecommunications) as well as federal government and crown organizations.  In BC, September 30th will not be a statutory holiday in 2022, but public schools and post-secondary institutions will be closed, and government offices and many crown organizations will either be closed or operating at reduced capacity. 

Occurring also on September 30th is Orange Shirt Day is grassroots day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools.  For more information visit orangeshirtday.org

The Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce encourages our business community to engage on this issue, and to explore learnings, resources, events and tools to participate in reconciliation.

Langley & Reconciliation

The Langleys are located the traditional territories of the Coast Salish People, including the traditional lands the q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen),  q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), Máthekwi (Matsqui), and se’mya’me (Semiahmoo) First Nations.

Resources, Tools and Learnings

The 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Understand the calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the status of actions taken thus far.  These calls were issues as part of the work of the TRC, which spent 6 years travelling to all parts of Canada and heard from more than 6,500 witnesses

First Peoples of Canada virtual exhibition
A virtual exhibition that looks at facets of the history of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, based largely on information and artifacts presented in the First Peoples Hall of the Canadian Museum of History.

Free online course - Indigenous Awareness
This free BCIT course promotes an increased understanding of Indigenous people and their place and space in Canada, past and present.

Free online course – Reconciliation through Indigenous Education
This 6-week Massive Open Online Course from UBC will help you envision how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful.

Free online course-  Indigenous Canada
Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course from the University of Alberta that explores the different histories and contemporary perspectives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada.

Indigenous People’s Atlas of Canada
Created by Canadian Geographic, visit this online exploration of Canada’s Indigenous peoples

#IndigenousReads
#IndigenousReads encourages reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples by sharing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis literature.