Commemoration of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
NCC will officially be observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. By doing so, we are honouring former residential school students, their families and communities in NunatuKavut and across Canada. Read the statement we issued about commemorating this day here.
We are organizing a number of initiatives to help commemorate this important day. They are outlined below.
Limited Quantities of Orange Shirts Available
We have a limited number of Orange Shirts available at no cost for NunatuKavut members living in Labrador to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. We are hoping that, in the future, we will have enough time for distribution to members living outside of Labrador.
If you or a family member would like a chance to receive one, please send the following details to Megan at 709-288-0471 or firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Size preference (you may not get your size as there are limited sizes from S – 3XL)
- Email address
- Telephone number
Deadline to submit your name is Friday, September 24. All names will be entered into a draw for distribution early next week.
Poetry or Spoken Word Submissions
u/Kâ/la/juk – he/she is speaking
We are inviting NunatuKavut students grades K-12 across Canada to write a poem or submit a spoken-word clip that reflects what the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation means to you.
With the assistance of Inuk artist Charlene Rumbolt and our youth Leah Rumbolt, we had a colouring sheet designed for primary and elementary students featuring key aspects of NunatuKavut Inuit culture. There is a blank space for the child’s own facial features/hair and a small space for the student to tell us why they matter.
If you have a child that would like to submit their sheet, please scan and email them to email@example.com by Monday, September 27. Submitted work may be featured on September 30.
Music and Friends: Honouring our past, Celebrating our resiliency
Please join us on the NunatuKavut Facebook Page for a live-streamed musical event, featuring performers from throughout our territory and beyond!
Tune in at 7:00 p.m. AST Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Wondering what else you can do to commemorate this day?
We encourage all Canadians to take time to learn more about Indigenous peoples in this country and the great contributions we have made. And we invite you to learn more the Inuit of NunatuKavut. You will find that our story is one of determination, belonging and strength, right here in our place, on our homeland. And, in this way, we have a shared experience with so many Indigenous peoples in this country and around the world. The remembering of our unique and shared histories and culture is what the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is all about.