UWOFA encourages members to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

UWOFA encourages its faculty, librarian and archivist members to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, Sept. 30.

UWOFA recognizes that, as university librarians, archivists, and faculty, we have a special responsibility to contribute to reconciliation by publicly acknowledging the truth of Canada's colonialist legacy of genocide against the Indigenous Peoples of this part of Turtle Island.

To honour the survivors, we encourage members to wear orange on Sept. 30. Please also take the time to read and reflect on the resources posted on the website of Western's Office of Indigenous Initiatives, and call your students' attention to them.

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is hosting a number of events on Sept. 30, including a presentation entitled "Understanding Residential Schools and Reconciliation" by professor Cody Groat. We encourage members to participate in and promote these events.

Thank you in advance for observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Miigwetch. Yaw^ko. Wanishi.


About the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The federal government this year declared Sept. 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The purpose of the day, observed for the past eight years as Orange Shirt Day, is: "to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process." (Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Call to Action 80)