We are taking time this September 2021 and beyond to help honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We recognize September 30th as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and see it as an opportunity to recognize the legacy and tragedy of residential schools in Canada. This is also Orange Shirt Day, an annual event started in 2013 by Phyllis Webstad who courageously shared her survivor story with the world.
YYOGA’s teams and community have been given the following resources to learn and support Indigenous communities.
National Day for Truth and Reconcilliation Events
- The programming will feature short videos created by Indigenous storytellers, followed by conversations with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Survivors, and the children of Survivors of residential schools.
- 1.5 hour session where Elaine will share stories and thoughts on shifting our perspectives to support decolonization and self-determination.
- Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc calls on people worldwide to drum simultaneously for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools for the first Canadian National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, this September 30 at 2:15 pm Pacific time.
- Discover ways to learn about the nations that have cared for the land since time immemorial. Identify a pathway forward to create transformative and actionable Land Acknowledgement.
Places to Donate
This organization works to support Indian Residential School Reconciliation and help create awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools through Orange Shirt Society activities. They are also dedicated to creating awareness that “Every Child Matters”.
- A provincial organization that provides services to Residential School Survivors.
- At Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) we envision a matriarchal community where all Indigenous women in BC are safe and respected with a sense of belonging and connection to cultural traditions.
- Atira Women’s Resource Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women.
- DEWC provides a safe space within the Downtown Eastside exclusively for self-identified women and their children.
- Vancouver Native Housing Society’s mandate is to provide safe, secure and affordable housing.
- The Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Service Society (VATJSS) is a non-profit agency that provides justice, homelessness and crime prevention services to Indigenous people within the Metro-Vancouver area.
- Since 1963, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society (VAFCS) has been meeting the needs of aboriginal people making a transition to the urban Vancouver community.
This is a list of resources you can use to widen your understanding of Indigenous People’s experience in the history of this nation we call Canada.
A beautiful and extensive collection of films (short and long) showing the truth and history of residential schools in Canada.
- A guide for readers seeking more knowledge about reconciliation and Indigenous cultures. The works consider the broader context, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, stories and memoirs, and local viewpoints.
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future; Summary of the Final Report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- The final report of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
- Sheila North Wilson explains the creation of the hashtag #MMIW (Missing Murdered Indigenous Women).
- This report is comprehensive and compelling, based in direct input from over a hundred Indigenous women on the layers of colonial gendered violence that they have faced since birth.
- Dedicated to ending violence against Indigenous women. This organization supports the families, inter-generational survivors and all those who contribute their time and talents to support Indigenous women.
- Deyen – An Invitation to Transform: Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women
Artists to Support
Events to Attend
- Annual march honours missing, murdered Indigenous women in Canada.