On this day we commend the courage and strength of the Indigenous survivors of residential schools, their families, and their communities, in their commemoration of the tragic and painful history that colonialism has brought upon them.
We reflect on the lost children, the ongoing trauma and the ongoing struggles of our Indigenous communities to access things most Canadians are able to take for granted.
Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
Crohn’s and Colitis Canada’s staff will be observing this second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation through education and reflection. As an organization, we are committed to learning from the tragic history and to honouring the courage of Indigenous peoples. We encourage our community to take the time today to honour the day, have meaningful discussions, reflect, and to understand the actions we can all take towards truth and reconciliation.
The call for a National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is part of the 94 calls to action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.