September 30th, 2021 is the first Canadian National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Many have spent this day in reflection and education through Orange Shirt Day.
For more education resources, please visit:
This page and links contain content about residential schools that may be triggering. There is support available for survivors and their families via the Indian Residential School Survivors Society at 1-800-721-0066 or 1-866-925-4419 (24/7 crisis line).
24/7 support is also available via the KUU-US Crisis Line Society: 250-723-4050 (adults), 250-723-2040 (youth) or toll-free:1-800-588-8717
Iron & Pearl advisors acknowledge that we work and live and enjoy the traditional territorial land of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples and the lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples, currently known as Victoria, BC, Canada.
We are committed to learning and unlearning and listening and reflecting. We are striving to take steps to dismantle and disrupt racism daily through our sharing and raising of our children.
Please see below for resources that have helped us on our journey and that we support.
- Link to how you can support, right now (donations, learning, calling MPs to action)
- The Indigenous Ally Toolkit (PDF)
- The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (PDF)
- Orange Shirt Day
- Indigenous Canada Course (University of Alberta) – Free via Coursera
- Carey Newman’s Witness Blanket – items from residential schools (documentary and book available)
- Whose land are we on? Native Land.ca
- Donate to the Indian Residential School (IRS) Survivors Society (www.irsss.ca), a B.C. organization providing important services to IRS survivors
- Warriors Against Violence
- Learn about territory acknowledgement