The AVA National Health Research Training Platform embraces education and truth as vital first steps towards reconciliation. Truth and Reconciliation Week and Orange Shirt Day is an important time to learn about Canada’s colonial history, and recognize the children lost and the survivors of the residential school system in Canada.
Imbedded in AVA’s Guiding Principles is a commitment to honouring Indigenous voices. Through EDIA initiatives and working closely with Indigenous Champions, Indigenous knowledge and leadership is prioritized. We recognize that reconciliation is a process that involves learning about the past and forming relationships to work together towards a better future.
In recognition of Truth and Reconciliation week and Orange Shirt Day, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is offering daily, free virtual Lunch & Learns to facilitate learning on topics related to Truth and Reconciliation. For more information and to register, click here.
Additionally, the University of Calgary Office of Indigenous Engagement and the Calgary Public Library will be hosting events on Sept. 29, 2023 in honour of Orange Shirt Day on Sept. 30 including a presentation from Cadmus Delorme, a Cree and Saulteaux and former chief of Cowessess First Nation, titled, “What We Inherited and Better Understanding Our Role in Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action” as well as a screening of the film Beans, directed by Tracey Deer. Based on true events, Beans follows the story of a Mohawk girl during the 1990 resistance at Kanehsatà:ke, otherwise known as the Oka Crisis. For more information about these events and to register, please click here.