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How we’re observing the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

The Canadian Indian Residential School System was an attempt by the Canadian government to eradicate Indigenous culture by assimilating Indigenous children into Canadian society. The program started in 1863 and continued well into the 1970s—over which time over 150,000 Indigenous children were taken from their families and placed into residential schools across Canada, where they suffered a variety of abuses, including being banned from speaking their Native languages and physical abuse at the hands of their carers. In recent years, mass graves containing the remains of thousands of Indigenous children have been found close to school sites.

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is a day that acknowledges this dark chapter in Canada history—as well as honors the survivors of the Residential System as well as the thousands of Indigenous students who never returned home.

What we’re doing to honor the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

At [XYZ company], our Indigenous employees—and all Indigenous people—are a priority. Here’s what we’re doing to honor and support the Indigenous community during this year’s National Day of Truth and Reconciliation:

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How to take action

There are a number of ways to give back on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, including:

  • Make a donation to an indigenous charity, like Reconciliation Canada or Honouring Indigenous People (HIP)
  • Volunteer your time with an Indigenous charity
  • Educate yourself on the history of the Canadian Indian Residential School System in Canada
  • Wear an orange shirt in honor of Indigenous people and their forced assimilation
  • Use the hashtag #NDTR on social media

Looking beyond the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Recognizing the Indigenous people of Canada and the hardship that they’ve faced is an ongoing process. Here’s what we’re doing at [XYZ Company] to support Indigenous people year-round:

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