Truth and Reconciliation

“The more you know”: Critical historical knowledge about Indian residential schools increases Non-Indigenous Canadians' empathy for Indigenous Peoples

Publication Date: 
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Neufeld, K., Starzyk , K. , Boese, G., Efimoff, I. & Wright, S.
Online Document Type: 
Research, policy & practice

Voices to be heard - Truth and Reconciliation with Bevann Fox

In the background there is green, orange and red in a big checkered pattern. In the middle is a beaded art in the shape of an orange shirt with a red emblem and feathers.
Online, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ON
Event date: 
30 Sep 2022 - 10:00am to 11:00am

All are invited to join Bevann Fox, a residential school survivor and author, as she talks about the impact of residential schools and introduces her book, Genocidal Love.

She will address the healing process as it continues today; along with her insights on Truth and Reconciliation. Classrooms, groups, and anyone 13+ will learn the Truth and grow through Reconciliation.

To watch live from Youtube, please click this link:

For more information on National Truth and Reconciliation Day, please visit the Ottawa Public Library's blog:

Contact name: 
Ottawa Public Library
Contact phone: 
613 580 2940

U of T's Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration

Online, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ON
Event date: 
30 Sep 2022 - 10:00am

The University of Toronto will commemorate this day of recognition with remarks from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, and Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, in The Great Hall at Hart House. Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Studies, will provide the keynote address: “The Nikis Story is the Story of Canada: Reflecting on the Impacts of the Indian Residential Schools".

Contact name: 
University of Toronto
Contact phone: 

Indigenous Legacy Gathering

Nathan Philips Square
100 Queen St W
M5H 2N1 Toronto , ON
Event date: 
30 Sep 2022 - 7:00am to 8:00pm


SPIRIT GARDEN 3D Fly Through:  Daily  10:00 - 11:00 am

Opening in Nathan Phillips Square in 2024, the Spirit Garden will be a place for Teaching, Learning, Sharing and Healing

The Spirit Garden will be a dynamic and accessible Indigenous cultural space representative of Tkaronto and its history. The site will be open to the multi-cultural communities of the City, along with its diverse national and international visitors and newcomers. Programming at the Spirit Garden will celebrate our unique identities while promoting an understanding between all.

The new version of the Fly Through, being presented here at the Indigenous Legacy Gathering, was funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

ANGUT TIMA and JOHN KEESHIG:  Thursday  11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Angut Tima Residential School Survivor born in Churchill, Manitoba and raised in Coral Harbour, Nunavut. John Keeshig Anishnaabe of Neyaashiinigmiing.  Angut and John are two of the artists/knowledge keepers participating in the Spirit Garden. Respectively, they are working on the Inukshuk and the Teaching Lodge.  

RED BEAR SINGERS:  Daily  2:30 - 3:00 pm

The Red Bear Singers started singing together in circle at Toronto Council Fire in 2018. This was done as a way to continue the personal healing journeys of each individual member in a group setting. The group wrote their first song in 2018, titled, “Away Back”. This song honours the children taken from their families and placed into foster care, orphanages, day schools, and Residential Schools.  Since then, the group has worked on learning several community songs including the three songs which can be heard on the Soundways App. The App is a part of  the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Toronto’s Year of Public Art, A More Beautiful Journey landmark XR (extended reality) audio installation. (

Read more online.

Contact name: 
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
Contact email: 
Contact phone: 
416 360 4350

We are one - BCACCS conference

On the left is a white square with a pink and blue leaf on the upper half. Above the leaves, there is text saying " We Are One". The bottom lower half has text saying, "REGISTER NOW, For the BCACCS Annual Provincial Training Conference, September 29 - October 2022". On the right is a blue square with three people with individual images beside each other. Below the images is text saying " Join us Sept. 29-Oct. 1, BC Aboriginal Child Care Society"
Online, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) BC
Event date: 
29 Sep 2022 - 7:30am to 1 Oct 2022 - 3:00am

Our Fall hybrid conference “We Are One” is being held September 29 – October 1, 2022. We look forward to hosting our first ever hybrid event. 

The 200 in-person seats are NOW FULL we still have some online seats. Register now.

Over the last two years, many training events were brought online in order to keep our community safe during the pandemic. Even though we miss visiting with you all in-person, we noted that having online training opportunities supports those programs and individuals who cannot always make a commitment to attend our trainings in person.

This year we decided to offer conference as a hybrid event, providing a slightly scaled down in-person conference and additionally, providing one stream of those workshops to our virtual delegates. The sessions that will be available to both our in-person and virtual delegates are Thursday (A1,B1,C1), Friday (D1,E1,F1), and Friday (G1, H1). If you are only able to attend online, please view the Online Program for a detailed overview of the training sessions in our hybrid stream for each day. All plenary sessions, including our three keynotes, will be delivered in-person and online.

We look forward to welcoming you all to conference this year in whatever way you are able to join us.

The cost is as follows:
NOW FULL In-person Sept. 29 / Sept. 30 $80.00 / Oct. 1 $60.00
Online Sept. 29 / Sept. 30 $40.00 / Oct. 1 $30.00

“We have to learn how to talk to, and about, each other, with greater respect than has been the case in the past. We may not achieve reconciliation within my lifetime, or within the lifetime of my children, but we will be able to achieve it if we all commit to working towards it properly. Part of that commitment is that every year we will stand up together and we will say never again. What we did in this country was wrong, and we will never allow that to happen again.” Dr. Murray Sinclair (Chancellor)

At this year’s conference we will stand together to recognize the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and consider what is needed to create a better future for our children. As we acknowledge the impacts of a colonial past, we will also consider what is needed to move forward, together, in a good way. With a goal to transform and decolonize we will reflect on and take stock of what needs to evolve, in ourselves, in our systems, and in our communities so we can act and make meaningful change.

As educators, we know that the road to change is embedded in how we nurture our children. We must transform our practice to find better ways to ensure that they have access to culturally rich, safe, healthy education and care opportunities. We must commit to taking care of their spirit and reinforcing their identities as peoples of this land, peoples with a rich history and deep knowledge. Our children are the hearts of our communities and the hope of our future, if we act together, we can create a just society for the generations ahead.

So, join us this year in imagining a new future together. We will dream, laugh, dance, and sing for joy to be gathered as one.

At BCACCS, a primary focus of our training and professional development events is to translate our culturally rich traditions into effective Indigenous early learning and child care (IELCC) programs and services. We seek to promote the capacity of ECE professionals to design and deliver programs and services that are immersed in our cultures and communities. We believe that community involvement, leadership, and support are central to the healthy, holistic development of Indigenous children.

The in-person conference is taking place at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond ( 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3). If you are joining us in-person, and would like to stay at the venue hotel, please book your accommodation by calling  (604) 273-7878 or Reservation Toll Free: 1-800-663-0299 or booking through the online reservation link. Cost is $209.00 CAD per night.
You can also email

If you have any questions please take a look at the FAQ and if you still have a question contact or call 250-917-8639.

Contact name: 
BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
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