This day responds to Truth & Reconciliation Call to Action #80 to honour survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history of residential schools and recognition of the ongoing trauma to Indigenous peoples remains a vital component of the reconciliation process. As the Provincial Government puts in a place how to recognize this day more broadly, significant consultation is needed with survivors, families and communities in British Columbia who have been impacted by the ongoing legacy of residential schools.
Consistent with the current Indigenization work being done at Selkirk College, this is an opportunity for the college community to create instances of learning and reflection. By taking the step of broader understanding, the non-Indigenous population can play a role in healing while building on the meaningful partnerships required to move forward.
Leading up to this day, Selkirk College is planning ways to help students, staff and the broader community connect with the knowledge required to make this day an impactful step forward. More details will be released in the coming weeks as we settle into the fall semester. You can find out more information about this day and the available resources here.