National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Town will mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

On this day, we recognize the ongoing trauma caused by residential and day schools, and remember those who were lost, survivors and their families. 

In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, the Town of Cochrane is closing all Town facilities to provide staff with the opportunity to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and to educate themselves.

To support this, the Town has prepared a list of resources including links, places to visit, courses and books.  

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A starting point for reconciliation is to get informed. Here are a few resources to get started:

Community

  • Flag Raising
     Join the Boys and Girls Club of Cochrane & Area for a flag-raising at 5pm on September 28 (Cochrane RancheHouse, parking lot). 
  • Jack Tennant Memorial Bridge
     The bridge will be lit with orange lights on the evening of September 30. 
  • Truth and Reconciliation Walk
     On September 30 at 4 pm, walk along Cochrane’s Historic Downtown Main Street in recognition of truth and reconciliation. The walk starts at the Social Spot (#103, 609 1st Street West) and culminates at the Legacy Statue (across from MacKay’s Ice Cream). Attendees are encouraged to wear orange.
  • Truth and Reconciliation Booth
     September 30 from 1 – 4 pm, Social Spot (#103, 609 1st Street West).
  • Orange Shirt Day
     Wear orange on both September 28 (to coincide with the flag-raising that day) and on September 30 (Orange Shirt Day). 
  • Reconciliation through Indigenous Art
    Southcentre Mall in Calgary and Colouring It Forward Reconciliation Society have partnered to launch a month-long art exhibit featuring 17 Indigenous artists from across Western Canada. The exhibit runs up to September 30th and is located on the 2nd floor near the Hudson’s Bay store. 
  • Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
     
    A UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo Culture.  

Resources

  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
    Executive Summary
    Calls to Action (English) 
  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
    The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations. Also, be sure to check out the live sessions and videos presented throughout the week by the Centre.
  • Cochrane Public Library
     Visit the Cochrane Public Library to view the display (closed on September 30) or access the online resource list.   
  • These Mountains are Our Sacred Places, The Story of the Stoney People by Chief John Snow
     The book, first issued in 1977, provides a glimpse into the worldview, values, beliefs, and aspirations of the local Nakoda or Stoney people from the First Nations perspective. Available from libraries, booksellers including online retailers.  
  • The True Spirit and Original Intent of Treaty 7
     A book based on the testimony of over 80 elders from the five First Nations involved in Treaty 7.  Available from libraries, booksellers including online retailers. 
  • University of Alberta library – Residential Schools
     Link to resources to learn about the residential school experience. 
  • Indigenous Canada- University of Alberta
     Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson course during which students can expect to acquire a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships. This course aims to expand the understandings held by many Canadians about these relationships. 

Support

  • National Residential School Crisis Line
    24-hours: 1-866-925-4419
     
  • Hope for Wellness Chat
     The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Available at 1-855-242-3310.