National Day for Truth & Reconciliation
September 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity to recognize the history and ongoing legacy of Residential Schools and colonialism in Canada; to honour survivors, their families, and communities; to amplify Indigenous voices; and to hold one another accountable for engaging in meaningful decolonization (on this day and everyday).
In recognition of this important day, Saanich Neighbourhood Place will be CLOSED on September 30th.
Our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation
Saanich Neighbourhood Place and Royal Oak Neighbourhood House are located on the traditional territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Lkwungen-speaking peoples, on whose traditional territories, we live, we learn, we play, and we do our work.
We acknowledge that the historical relationship to the land and territories of these Peoples continues to this day.
We acknowledge that acts of colonization (such as requiring Indigenous children to attend residential schools and the ongoing high rates of Indigenous children in care), has made many inequities for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in multiple forms. Despite these acts of colonization, Indigenous people continue to have vibrant communities and cultures.
As a family-serving organization, we recognize that we have the responsibility to work towards truth and reconciliation, and to remain open to suggestions and consultations, especially with local Indigenous communities, on how our organization can continue to work towards reconciliation. Through the work we do on territory, we are accountable to the following communities: Esquimalt, Songhees, Tsawout, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip), Pauquachin, MÁLEXEŁ (Malahat), and Tseycum First Nations.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) 24/7 Crisis Support: 1-800-721-0066
National Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
KUU-US Crisis Line Society: 1-800-588-8718
Metis Crisis Line: 1-833-638-4722
Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program for Survivors (BC): 1-877-477-0775
First Nations Health Authority Supports: www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/mental-wellness-and-substance-use/residential-schools
Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony (on September 30th in Lkwungen territories):
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action: trc_calls_to_action.pdfdocuments/calls_to_action_english2.pdf
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation: nctr.ca/about/history-of-the-trc/trc-website/
Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS): www.irsss.ca/
W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council resources for settlers: wsanec.com/learn-settlers/
Indigenous Ally Toolkit: ally_toolkit.pdf
Strengthen your decolonial lens: decolonizeeverything.org/
Find out whose land you are on: native-land.ca/
Learn about Indigenous languages & oral histories from across Turtle Island: www.firstvoices.com/
Learn about key issues facing Indigenous Peoples today from a historical and critical perspective (free online course, start anytime): www.coursera.org/learn/indigenous-canada
Nootka Reads - Highlighting Indigenous Literature: https://www.instagram.com/nootkareads
Strong Nations Book Store - online retailer in Snuneymuxw territory (Nanaimo) specializing in Indigenous literature and art: