Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021
Red River College’s third annual Truth and Reconciliation Week, September 27 – October 1, 2021, is dedicated to deepening our understanding of Canada’s history, Indigenous cultures, and sparking a conversation around Truth and Reconciliation.
During the week, you will hear from Indigenous voices, engage in the conversation, as well as participate in some interactive activities. Some of the themes we will be touching on this year include anti-racism, Every Child Matters, the Canadian Residential School System, intergenerational trauma, healing, and strength.
All are welcome to participate in special events and join the conversation. As you participate in this week’s events strong emotions may arise. Be sure to take breaks and practice good self-care. Remember to be kind and do check-ins with yourself, and you can always access RRC Mental Health supports and resources at rrc.ca/wellness
Notes: All live virtual events will hosted via Microsoft Teams and no registration will is required. Direct links will be added to each event, or join the Teams Site below.
Connect on Teams!
Join the TRC Week Microsoft Teams site to easily access events and resources, receive notifications on and join the conversation! Live events will be hosted via Microsoft Teams for ease of use.
There will be a few different channels for you to explore, including channels hosted by the Student’s Association, the Academic Success Centre, and the Library.
To join, use code: z3znhh2
(Select all Teams in the side bar of Microsoft Teams, click join team in the top right corner, enter the code.)
Every Child Matters Orange Handprint Project
September 30, 2021 is the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, a day known as Orange Shirt Day where we honour the Indigenous children who were forcibly removed from their homes and taken to Residential Schools in Canada and remember those who never made it home.
To bring awareness to these horrific events and support a journey of healing, the RRCSA and Indigenous Education are partnering up to invite RRC staff and students to share their thoughts, prayers, hopes and messages of support by offering orange paper hands to be signed from September 20-October 1. These cut-outs will be available at both NDC and EDC Students’ Association offices. All hands will hang on the walls on campus, honouring the victims and survivors of Residential Schools. This is the Every Child Matters Hand Print Project.
Monday, September 27
Live: Academic Success Centre launches new Anti-Racism Training for Students
Self-Guided: Message from Elder Paul Guimond
Self-Guided: Residential School Stories from Sagkeeng First Nation
Tuesday, September 28
Live: Paint with Gayle Sinclair
Self-Guided: Holy Angels
Wednesday, September 29
As RRC will be closed on Orange Shirt Day, September 30, we encourage all staff and students to wear an orange shirt on Wednesday, Sept 29.
Live: Treaty History with Allen Sutherland, Waabishki Mazinazoot Mishtaatim
Live: The Residential School System with Edwin Jebb and Jennie Wastesicoot
Thursday, September 30
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 has been declared as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. As a day of observation, the College will be closed.
This day creates an opportunity to reflect and honour the victims and survivors of Canada’s Residential School system, ensuring they are never forgotten. You can spend time with pre-recorded events and resources within this space, or explore Library and Academic Services’ National Day for Truth and Reconciliation book and video guide. You find out if there events or activities happening in your community. You can also reflect on your own reconciliation journey by reading, journaling, or phone a friend.
Friday, October 1
Live: Intergenerational Trauma Discussion
KEYNOTE: Human & Organizational Transformational Reconciliation with Sandra DeLaronde
Library and Academic Services Resources
Library and Academic Services staff are honoured and eager to show our continued support for Truth and Reconciliation. Our library contains many resources about Truth and Reconciliation, Residential Schools, and Indigenous Experiences throughout its’ collections. These resources are helpful starting points towards building understanding of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. We invite you to look at some of these resources to acquaint yourself with Truth and Reconciliation.