The Calgary Stampede is proud of its longstanding relationships with Indigenous peoples and we recognize the importance of taking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as an opportunity to reflect, learn and commit to ongoing actions dedicated to reconciliation.
Check out the list of resources shared with Stampede volunteers and employees to support continued learning and listening.
Review the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, created to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance reconciliation. Consider identifying calls that connect with your professional work or personal interests.
Do you know the origins of Orange Shirt Day? Traditionally known as Orange Shirt Day, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation comes from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 80, which 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.”
Consider wearing orange on September 30. This shows support for the survivors and families of those who did not come home and is one way to recognize the significance of this day. And if you're wondering why orange, watch the video below.
The National Film Board of Canada has an extensive collection of video featured on their Indigenous Voices and Reconciliation Channel that are a rich resource for those looking to listen to Indigenous people speak about their experiences and the lasting effects of Residential Schools.
YouTube also provides some powerful resources, such as Gord Downie's The Secret Path, the story of a boy named Chanie Wenjack. The 12 year old died in 1966 while trying to walk home from a Residential School in Ontario.
Residential Schools and resulting intergenerational traumas have affected many participants of Elbow River Camp. This summer, journalist Val Fortney visited with several Tipi Holders to learn more about their life stories and their participation in Elbow River Camp. Read the Calgary Herald article here.
Check out the many resources available to listen to Indigenous voices including those offered by the University of Calgary in partnership with the Calgary Public Library. Visit the University of Calgary website to learn more about what's offered, and on September 30, register for the virtual programming exploring the impact of residential schools, intergenerational trauma and Indigenous resilience.