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“Without truth, justice, and healing, there can be no genuine reconciliation.” - Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report, 2015

Seven years later, the full truth of what happened in residential schools is still not known.

Our team spent a year investigating St. Michael’s Residential School in Duck Lake, SK. We found 290+ allegations of sexual and physical abuse across decades. We published names of dozens of alleged abusers, mostly priests and nuns.

We also discovered children died at the school.
Earlier this year, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation @NCTR_UM listed 52 children who died at St. Michael’s. With new research this spring, that number nearly doubled. They found evidence of 102 children who died at the school run by the Oblates.

We found others.
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Today is #OrangeShirtDay, and even though I am not in Canada, I want to take a moment to acknowledge how, as a white person in North America, I have benefitted from genocide. Today should be a day of solemn reflection and reparations on the parts of those like me.
For today, I plan to boost as many Indigenous need posts and fundraisers as possible. Please, if you are able, donate and boost these as well. As always, a great place to do reparations is to look at the tag "SettlerSaturday" here on twitter. Need posts will be linked below.
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Tomorrow is the Day for #TruthandReconciliation – a day to acknowledge the histories and legacies of residential schools, and to honour the survivors, their families & communities. It aligns with #OrangeShirtDay, which carries a very important message: #EveryChildMatters. (1/4) Image
#AB’s government is committed to walking the path of reconciliation together with Indigenous peoples. Commemorating the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of this process. (2/4)
Now is a time for us to learn more about the residential school system and to continue our work toward reconciliation. I invite all #AbEd schools to participate in activities led by the @NCTR_UM and the AB Regional Consortia #ARPDC. (3/4)
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Tomorrow, September 30th, is the second National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Canada. The "Orange Shirt Day" acknowledges survivors of (and those who died in) residential schools. The day was the TRC's Call to Action 80 and made a federal holiday last year. A settler's 🧵.
In the lead up to this year's holiday I was surprised (only a little) by the rapidity of the government's desire to re-embrace the 🇬🇧's colonialism. Particularly when the new sovereign is a religious crusader repeatedly rejecting calls to denounce the Doctrine of Discovery.
The monarch of the UK was accepted as Head of State in Canada without so much as a debate in the House of Commons. I hope that tomorrow causes more people in Canada to pause and think about the de-colonialization of our country and how to achieve Reconciliation in law and life.
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I am Mohawk.

On this day of #TruthAndReconciliation and #OrangeShirtDay ...

Let me tell you how my family has been affected by #ResidentialSchools.
My Mohawk grandmother, my Tota was sent forcibly to #ResidentialSchool.

My great-grandmother Minnie (Who did not speak English) was told that she could not have her daughters back.

Undeterred, she went back in the middle of the night and helped her daughters to escape.
I am proud of this blood running through my veins, my great tota Minnie and my tota are warriors.

But the story doesn't end there.

For the rest of my life, my tota was terrified.
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As Canada marks the first National Day for #TruthAndReconciliation, #TheDecibel looks at its origin in #OrangeShirtDay, and explore how to meaningfully measure progress toward reconciliation.
One way to measure progress is the ‘reconciliation barometer,’ developed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers.…
🎧 @starzyklab, principal investigator on the project, and @rymoran, a collaborator, join #TheDecibel to help explain what exactly the project is measuring, and how this gauge can be used to inform the conversation around reconciliation.
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The first #NDTR is a direct response to The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 80, which called for a federal statutory day of commemoration to acknowledge those affected by residential schools and educate Canadians.…
It also coincides with Orange Shirt Day, a movement that began on Sept. 30, 2013, when residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation opened up about her trauma caused by residential schools.

Indigenous people have long suspected that former residential schools had unmarked graveyards that hid their horrific human cost. Hundreds of such graves were reported this summer.…
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A few months ago I went to the ceremony to honour #215children that were found at a residential school site. Since then thousands more have been discovered.

Here is a thread of videos from that day that I had not shared previously. #OrangeShirtDay
Singing from the drum circle.
A moment of silence.

Many in the crowd were wearing orange shirts that day.

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Artwork by Hawlii Pichette
September 30th is Canada's first National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Below is a reading list, recommended films, and free courses.
#NationalDayforTruthandReconciliation #cdnpoli #TruthAndReconciliation #IndigenousLivesMatter #MeanwhileInCanada Image
It's extremely important for all of us to learn how colonialism has affected First Nations peoples in Canada. We need to acknowledge the truth of the past and also the present.
Put some effort into learning about the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and amazing contributions of First Nations, Inuit & Métis peoples, and double-down on your commitment to the work of truth and reconciliation by pushing for the implementation of all 94 Calls to Action.
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For #bced #sd36learn looking for resources, a thread:

The discovery of the mass grave of 215 children at Kamloops Residential School has been really triggering in my home-my fiancé is an intergenerational survivor, his late grandmother attended Blue Quills Residential School.
Please use the following resources with care, and be cognizant that many can be triggering for Indigenous students and colleagues. There is a 24-hour Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419 for anyone who needs emotional support.
#sd36learn #bced
I have gathered some literature and teaching resources below to help you commemorate Orange Shirt Day (September 30) and/or teach your students about residential schools and their lasting impact. I will add to the list as others comment. #sd36AbEd #orangeshirtday #sd36learn #bced
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Sept 30 is #OrangeShirtDay in Canada. Many wear an orange shirt to work or school, to remember the 150k indigenous kids who were forcibly enrolled at English residential schools that separated them from their families and culture. Many were also abused. 😔
In British India, indigenous institutions continued to suffer and independence unfortunately didn't reverse the trend but arguably led to faster decline of culture and languages as English and a European POV dominated.
What the Canadian indigenous kids suffered was at a whole different level but Indians' should also recognize their own post-colonial trauma, much of it self-inflicted 😔
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I am proud to proclaim “Orange Shirt Day” in Toronto. Today is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the survivors of residential schools and remember those who died in the school system. #OrangeShirtDay Image
#OrangeShirtDay is an opportunity for local governments, schools and communities to come together and declare “every child matters" and to take action to ensure that is a reality.
Today we honour the bravery and resilience of residential school survivors, their families and their communities. #OrangeShirtDay
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On a day to honour survivors of the residential school system, children who did not survive, and families who have been effected across generations, I think it’s also a time for reflection on not just the past, but today, and what kind of country we want to live in tomorrow. /1
What we have been reminded of, and what many Indigenous people are intimately aware of, by Joyce Echaquan, is that the systems of the past that were in place to destroy a people, like residential schools, are still operating today in this country we call Canada. /2
The justice system, the health system, the education system, the foster care system, and more, are all dangerous places for Indigenous people. They have been historically, they still are, and they will be until we demand and work together for change. /3
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The September 28 Wilmot council meeting will begin at 7pm. The full agenda package can be downloaded from the township's website (…), and you can watch the meeting live on YouTube (…). Live tweets to follow in this thread 👇
Mayor Armstrong begins proceedings and asks for a moment's silence to honour National Police Officers Day who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Coun Pfenning reads the land acknowledgment.
Coun Pfenning mentions that several councillors and senior staff are wearing orange t-shirts to mark #OrangeShirtDay, which recognizes the children who were victims of the Residential School System.
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Hey fellow non-Indigenous people. #OrangeShirtDay is really hard for a lot of Indigenous folks. We need to start educating ourselves and those around us. One place to start is the recommendations of the TRC...your should read it.…
You can also subscribe to a boatload of great podcasts like…… #InternationalPodcastDay
And while your are reading the TRC Recommendations, I will spell-check my tweets.
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Hundreds, maybe thousands, of Canadians took Indigenous children from their homes and abused them in horrific ways. Canadian men and women starved, abused, sexually assaulted, and murdered Indigenous children.

It's #OrangeShirtDay

This is Canadian history. Six thousand Indigenous children went into Canadian residential schools and never came back. And around 145,000 children who didn't die in those institutions were left with physical and emotional trauma that continues to affect first nations families and communities.
We talk about residential schools as if it is something that happened, but we don't name the perpetrators. Just like we talk about how many women were assaulted but not how many men assault women.

That matters

Fuck reconciliation.

I want Nüremberg.
Dr Peter Bryce completed a report, noting that the conditions in these Canadian schools were appalling and that children died because of it.

He was fired
The report buried
School attendance became mandatory

This is Canadian history.
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