Annual NDTR

Building Bridges of Reconciliation: Calls to Action for a Better Future

Empowering Change Through Meaningful Steps Towards Truth, Healing, and Equity

As part of our commitment to advancing truth and reconciliation, we have compiled a comprehensive list of calls to action that provide a roadmap for individuals, organizations, and governments to take meaningful steps towards healing and fostering positive change. These calls to action encompass various domains, from education and language revitalization to justice and cultural preservation. By engaging with these calls, we can collectively contribute to building a more equitable and inclusive society.

About National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR):

Education and Awareness:

      • Educate yourself and others about the history, experiences, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s website for resources.
      • Incorporate Indigenous perspectives, histories, and teachings into educational curricula at all levels.
      • Support initiatives that promote Indigenous language revitalization and cultural knowledge transmission.

Community Engagement:

      • Foster relationships with local Indigenous communities through cultural events, workshops, and collaborations.
      • Participate in or organize community dialogues and forums to discuss reconciliation and share experiences.
      • Support Indigenous-led organizations and initiatives that address community needs and promote self-determination.

Health and Wellness:

      • Advocate for equitable access to quality healthcare services in Indigenous communities.
      • Support programs and initiatives that address the health disparities faced by Indigenous peoples, such as mental health support and addiction recovery services.
      • Promote cultural safety and humility within healthcare systems through training and policy development.

Justice and Human Rights:

      • Advocate for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at all levels of government.
      • Support the calls to action outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), including the implementation of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry recommendations.
      • Advocate for fair and unbiased treatment of Indigenous peoples within the criminal justice system.

Economic Empowerment:

      • Support Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs through procurement, partnerships, and investments.
      • Advocate for equitable economic opportunities for Indigenous communities, including land rights, resource revenue sharing, and sustainable economic development.
      • Promote job training and skills development programs that empower Indigenous individuals to thrive in various sectors.

Cultural Revitalization:

      • Celebrate and support Indigenous art, music, languages, and cultural practices.
      • Advocate for the protection and preservation of sacred sites, cultural heritage, and traditional knowledge.
      • Attend and support Indigenous cultural events, festivals, and ceremonies.

Engaging with the calls to action is a crucial step towards fostering reconciliation and healing the deep wounds caused by the legacy of residential schools. By taking action and supporting initiatives aligned with these calls, we actively contribute to creating a society that values and uplifts Indigenous peoples. Let us work together to honor the truth, promote understanding, and build a future rooted in justice, respect, and reconciliation.