Preparing for Reconciliation Week

Designed by Peggy Janicki.

K’was hoy to Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education for sharing these learning opportunities and resources:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: Walking the Path to Reconciliation in 2021

“This year, we gained a deeper collective understanding of the devastating and ongoing impacts of Canada’s residential school system. The recognition of unmarked graves at the sites of former residential schools reopened the wounds that Survivors and their families have been tending for generations.

It also sparked a new conversation across the country as more people learn, engage, and reflect. Truth and Reconciliation Week is an opportunity to bring together people from nations and cultures across the country to continue this reconciliation journey.

In the week leading up to September 30, Orange Shirt Day, we will honour the children who were sent to residential schools and the many who never came home. We will come together to embrace the hope we see in this renewed conversation as we work to ensure the truth of this country’s history is known. Truth and Reconciliation Week would not be possible without the Survivors, the children of Survivors, Indigenous Elders, and Knowledge Keepers who continue truth-telling to advance reconciliation through education.”


CBC Unreserved Article and Podcast with Murray Sinclair

Truth and Reconciliation Week runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2021. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is planning week-long learning opportunities for educators and students.
Over the course of five days, teachers will share videos created by Indigenous storytellers, which show traditional ceremonies and artistic performances, alongside conversations with Elders and knowledge keepers, survivors, and children of survivors of residential schools. There will also be a moving tribute to the missing children that never returned home from the residential schools. On September 30, Orange Shirt Day, a special program will be held to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Registration is accessible on the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website.

NCTR Supporting Resources:
Schedule for Educators
-Educator Magazine (English)(French)
Educator Guide (English)
Le Guide de l’enseignant (French)
-Reconciliation through Education (all grade levels) (English) (French)


What Is Reconciliation from TRC – CVR on Vimeo.

Every Child Matters – Educator Guide
“Written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, this magazine, which is based on the Seven Sacred Teachings, is aimed for students in grades 5–12 and is available in both English and French.
Each chapter teaches children about residential schools, Treaties, and the historic and current relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Accompanied by supplementary educational resources, the magazine is both a guide and a journal for young people as they explore their feelings, build confidence, and foster greater respect and empathy throughout their reconciliation journeys.”


K-12 Residential School Curriculum for SD75.
“The Elders would like all visitors to this website to know that “none of these teachings are forced upon you.  These lessons are not meant to offend but are offered with Respect, Honour and Trust”.
This entire Website and All learning resources are the result of the courageous efforts of our Elders and Survivors. We Thank you for sharing the Truth with us!”


First Nations Child and Family Caring Society – Virtual Participation (films, stories and more)


Siwal Si’wes Library: Every Child Matters Collection

(features educator resources, websites, books available at Siwal Si’wes library, and more)


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Local Event


Join Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc on September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific to drum and sing for the missing
children of Indian Residential Schools.

Article with details from the Wellness Almanac.


Shared by MPSD students:

Two of 171 letters sent in response to the recovery of children at Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc:


Mental Health and Wellness Supports:

Shared by the Residential School History and Dialogue Centre


Related Event October 13th: