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September 27, 2021

Three things ArtStarts is doing for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

In honour of the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, ArtStarts will close on September 30, 2021. As an organization committed to pursuing anti-oppression in education, we are taking this day to reflect upon the historical and ongoing impacts of colonialism and the residential school system on Indigenous peoples.

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Our reflection on this day is a small step towards establishing a common truth regarding the harms done to Indigenous communities across Canada. We are learning from books, plays, movies, and events by Indigenous people to help inform the truth that is needed before working towards reconciliation. We are sharing these resources in the hopes that others may find this useful for their own learning on September 30 and beyond.

1. Books we are reading

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

More Powerful Together by Jen Gobby

As We Have Always Done by Leanne Simpson

Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga

A Casual Reconstruction by Louise Bernice Halfe

2. Events we are attending

Orange Shirt Day event hosted by the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society

Sound House: Never Forgotten at the Museum of Anthropology

Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation workshop

Next Steps in Reconciliation program

Cultural Protocols, Empathy and Safety workshop

3. Videos and films we are watching

Don’t Say Its Name at the Rio Theatre

Phyllis Webstad’s Orange Shirt Story

Are you engaging in learning materials and resources in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation? If so, write to us at communications@artstarts.com. You can also sign up for our newsletter where we frequently share resources we are engaging.

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