Laurier Library Statement Recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Laurier Library's Statement Recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Laurier Library recognizes the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We stand in support of and, are committed to, the process of reconciliation with Indigenous communities. We acknowledge that our work takes place on the Haldimand Tract, the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe (pronounced Anish-nah-bay) and Haudenosaunee (pronounced Hoe-den-no-show-nee) peoples. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe peoples and symbolizes the agreement to share, to protect our resources, and not to engage in conflict.

September 30th, 2021, marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which the Government of Canada designated to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis survivors of the residential school system, their families, and communities, and to ensure the public commemoration of their history. The Laurier Library joins all of Canada in observing September 30th as a day to reflect upon this history and to encourage education about the residential school system and reconciliation.

September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day. The University has proposed several ways in which the Laurier community may wish to support the Woodland Cultural Centre, the site of the former Mohawk Institute. For more details, read the University's news announcement.

In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Laurier Library would like to highlight some key resources for the Laurier community to engage with.

Video resources
Electronic books
Print book
Articles

Image: Every Child Matters shirt, used with permission from the Orange Shirt Society