June is National Indigenous History Month. This month honours the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and recognizes the strength of present-day Indigenous communities. We invite you to make time this month to learn about the histories, knowledge systems, and lived realities of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people. The Indigenous residential school system is part of these lived realities. As we mourn the children whose lives were taken, we commit to learn about the impacts of the residential school system, past and present. At Skate Canada, we acknowledge there is much work to be done, as outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations and Findings. We encourage Skate Canada members to listen, learn, and engage as a first step to build the respectful relationships necessary to move toward healing and reconciliation.
Recommended Resources on Indigenous Residential Schools System
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – National Student Memorial Register
Indian Horse (Story of Richard Wagamese. Includes book, film, survivor Stories, education materials)
The Secret Path (multi-media project including album by Gord Downie, film, and graphic novel with Jack Lemire)
Government of Canada, Description of Visual