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Truth & Reconciliation event

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Reflections on the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

It is vital that the commitment to Truth and Reconciliation does not fade just a few weeks after the first National Day.

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National Day of Truth & Reconciliation, September 30

Orange is the New Symbol of Truth & Reconciliation The recent discoveries of 215 unmarked graves at a former Residential School near Kamloops,...

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215 - A poem by Bradley Crawford

Written in response to the 215 unmarked graves discovered in BC in May 2021.

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Kamloops Residential School

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10 Things You Can Do: Kamloops Indian Residential School

Trigger Warning: This article includes information about Residential School experiences In May 2021, the remains of 215 young Indigenous children...

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Residential School, 1890, Quebec. Photo: H.J. Woodside / Library and Archives Canada / PA-123707

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Back to School Then and Now

This article includes a video of a conversation I had with my father Chief Robert Joseph, O.C., O.B.C., about his first day at residential school and...

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Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

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What is Orange Shirt Day?

As of September 30th, 2022, this article had been viewed by 128,000+ people who wanted to learn about Orange Shirt Day. Thank you for your interest...

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Insight on 10 Myths About Indigenous Peoples

The definition of “myth”, according to the Oxford Canadian Dictionary, is “a widely held but false notion.” When it comes to the topic of Indigenous...

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football sitting on the field

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Let’s Not Make Reconciliation a Political Football

Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. George Orwell, 1984

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Pow wow dancers. Photo: Marc Lautenbacher, Flickr

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Why Continuity of Indigenous Cultural Identity Is Critical

We all belong to some form of culture and identify with that culture to varying degrees. Our understanding of our own cultural identity begins at...

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Students and staff at St. Paul's Indian Industrial School, Middlechurch, Manitoba, ca. 1901.

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Was There an Upside to Residential Schools? Answer: No

"I speak partly for the record, but mostly in memory of the kindly and well-intentioned men and women and their descendants — perhaps some of us here...

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