September 2023 newsletter

Truth and Reconciliation

A time to reflect

September 30 marks the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. It is a time for self-reflection and a time to look back on the tragic role that residential schools have played in the history of this country and the lasting effects they have had on First Nations people and culture.

As educators, part of the role we play in the lives of the children in our care is demonstrating respect, listening to others, and learning from our mistakes. We encourage you to honour the children, families and communities affected by residential schools by taking time to reflect and checking out some of the included resources.  

Education is the key to walking on this journey of reconciliation.

The Honourable Senator, Murray Sinclair

Reflective questions

Educators have an important role to play in educating others about Canada’s history of colonialization. How can I contribute? (p. 89)

What do I know about Canada’s colonial history and the systemic marginalization and forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples? How can I find out more? (p. 89)

How might I begin conversations with colleagues, families, and children about Canada’s history of colonialism? (p. 70)

(B.C. Early Learning Framework, 2019)


Every Child Matters poster

The “Every Child Matters” poster, which provides translation of this powerful phrase in all 8 Yukon First Nation languages has been made available through The Yukon Native Language Centre, Council of Yukon First Nations and fellow Yukon First Nations.

View & download printable copies of the Every Child Matters poster.

Every Child Matters poster from Yukon Native Language Centre

Recommended books for young children

Check out this list of powerful picture books on residential schools written for children aged 3-8:

  • With Our Orange Hearts by Phyllis Webstad
  • Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Westad
  • When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
  • Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell
  • Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola Campbell
  • Arctic Stories by Michael Kusugak
When We Were Alone book cover
Arctic Stories book cover
Shi-shi-etko book cover

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission makes the following calls to action: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Sharing my orange shirt story and how it made me feel helped me to know that I could heal.

From With Our Orange Hearts by Phyllis Webstad