Honouring Indigenous people during National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30


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CANE Honours September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day 

The Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment (CANE) acknowledges and honours Indigenous children, families, and communities across Canada who have been, and continue to be, harmed by Canada’s residential school system.

CANE encourages members and all Canadian nurses to read the story of Phyllis Webstad to learn about the origins of Orange Shirt Day and the Every Child Matters movement. Through the hard-won efforts of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Orange Shirt Day has now become a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools. This federal statutory holiday in response to Call to Action #80 is a positive step, however it is important to note that of the 94 Calls to Action only a fraction have been acted upon. Much work remains for the Canadian government and citizens from coast to coast to coast.

While the last residential school in Canada was closed in 1997, Indigenous children and families across the country continue to face and challenge systemic anti-Indigenous racism. 2021 Canadian Census data shows that, while Indigenous children account for 8% of Canadian children, they make up 53.8% of all children in foster care. We encourage reading this APTN news article which outlines the extensive past and present ripple effects of residential schools and chronic underfunding of child welfare systems. Despite the challenges of discriminatory policies that have heavily impacted Indigenous children and families, Indigenous peoples in Canada have always resisted colonization and their resilience, activism, perseverance, and hard work is building a powerful wave of change. Jordan’s Principle is an example of Indigenous leadership that counteracts the harm of discriminatory policies to improve the quality of medical care for Indigenous children.

Every Child Matters

On this third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we encourage you to reflect on what Truth and Reconciliation mean to you and how you can participate in Indigenous-led decolonization. Consider some of the following:

  • Learn about the Indigenous territory you inhabit. Consider the following questions:
    • What Indigenous communities are local to where you live/grew up/feel connected to?
    • What is the treaty or comprehensive land claim in your area?
    • What is the name of the community in their own language?
    • Is there a cultural centre? Is there a cultural outreach person – if so, who are they?





  • Take the Indigenous Canada online course offered through the University of Alberta free of cost.


“We will arrive at reconciliation when Indigenous peoples in this country experience, at the bare minimum, a living standard that reflects their visions of healthy and prosperous communities.”


  •  Register to attend this two part webinar series from Indigenous Climate Action

The Colonial Urge to Commodify the Climate Crisis

Two-Part Webinar Learning Series:

The Colonial Urge to Commodifying the Climate Crisis from Indigenous Climate Action

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2023 and Thursday, November 16, 2023

Time: 1PM PT / 2PM MT / 3PM CT / 4PM ET / 5PM AT

Location: Zoom

Series Description:

Indigenous Climate Action is dedicated to raising awareness about the impacts of climate change on Indigenous communities and advocating for sustainable solutions that respect Indigenous sovereignty, knowledge, and cultural practices. As we navigate the complexities posed by this climate crisis, it is vital to address not only genuine solutions but also the false solutions that can perpetuate more environmental harm and social injustices. The aim of this webinar series is to facilitate open and informative discussions that shed light on various false solutions that are often presented as viable approaches to combat the climate crisis and counteract them with real, Indigenous-led solutions.

Part 1: Unpacking False Solutions



Part 2: Uplifting Real Solutions