Contributed by Josiane Spyker on behalf of posAbilities’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The magnificent autumn is upon us, and it all begins with September. We begin to anticipate that chill air, as trees start to dry up and go through the rebirth process. We are very aware of the changes September brings. As we slowly become aware of these beautiful natural changes, I would like to remind us to also remain aware of the happenings around the world—how can we actively be a part of the changes around us!
A Truth and Reconciliation Toolkit
The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion has provided us with commemorative and educational guides to what meaningful reconciliation work is for allies, and ways we can commemorate September 30th. View the toolkit.
From the kit above, we recommend:
- A book to read – Let the People Speak: Oppression in a Time of Reconciliation (Sheilla Jones) and/or Reconciliation in Practice: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Ranjan Datta).
- A film to watch – Films for Orange Shirt Day (Reel Canada).
Culture Days has set September 30 aside to create space exclusively for events organized to commemorate the day, including those aimed at sharing First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit experiences and perspectives celebrating the creative and cultural expressions of Indigenous people and communities. Visit this page for events, organizations, resources, and learning opportunities related to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
Below is a selection of events in BC taking place in September to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
- On Truth and Reconciliation with Artist James Harry | September 30, 2022 | –
- Skookum Surrey Ceremony | September 30, 2022 | 2 – 4 PM | Holland Park
Join Skookum Surrey for drumming, story sharing, tea and bannock. Everyone is encouraged to wear an orange shirt.
- Spirit of the Children Society Pipe Ceremony | September 30, 2022 | 3 – 6 PM | Westminster Pier Park
Spirit of the Children Society will host a pipe ceremony at Westminster Pier Park to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Please wear your orange shirt.
- We Stand With You Through Truth and Reconciliation | September 30, 2022 | 10 AM – 2PM | Memorial Peace Park
PLEA Community Services has put together this event in support with the local indigenous people, the Katzie First Nations, and local community partners to support and bring awareness to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
- Xe xe Smun’ eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony | September 30, 2022 | 10 AM – 12:30 PM | Centennial Square
Join us for indigenous performances, a flag raising, a minute of silence, and guest speakers sharing their personal experiences with residential schools and reconciliation.
Have you considered joining a Community of Practice Event?
October 4th from 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The theme is Activating a culture of belonging – Allyship, inclusive coaching, and intercultural communication. “During our session, we will explore what a culture of belonging and inclusion looks like, learn how to put allyship into action, and discuss practical skills and strategies to help you create inclusive spaces within your organization where every person feels seen, heard, valued and respected.” This opportunity is offered virtually or in-person – seats are limited. Registration details here.
Curious about other days of cultural significance?
Let’s keep learning, unlearning, and re-learning!