URFA honours National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Text on the left says, "National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. September 30." URFA logo bottom left corner. On the right are graphics of two yellow feathers.

Sep­tem­ber 30 is Canada’s first Nation­al Day for Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion. This day is one way to hon­our res­i­den­tial school sur­vivors, encour­age learn­ing about the atroc­i­ties of the res­i­den­tial school sys­tems, and prompt reflec­tion on how each of us can engage in rec­on­cil­i­a­tion to cre­ate a bet­ter future. 

There are no words to ade­quate­ly describe the suf­fer­ing and trau­ma that Indige­nous chil­dren, their rel­a­tives and their com­mu­ni­ties expe­ri­enced through Canada’s cul­tur­al geno­cide. While the res­i­den­tial school sys­tem no longer oper­ates, the real­i­ty is that racism and dis­crim­i­na­tion are still exhib­it­ed towards Indige­nous Peo­ples in mul­ti­fac­eted ways. 

Our vision at URFA is that URFA mem­bers are diverse, engaged and secure in their employ­ment and phys­i­cal, men­tal, spir­i­tu­al and emo­tion­al health. In an envi­ron­ment of aca­d­e­m­ic free­dom, free­dom of expres­sion, col­le­gial­i­ty and respect, they dri­ve a cul­ture of teach­ing, research and com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment that makes the world a bet­ter place. Our office is rec­og­niz­ing this day as a statu­to­ry hol­i­day and we affirm the Uni­ver­si­ty of Regina’s deci­sion to do so as well.

One of the ways we can bring our vision to life is to stand in sol­i­dar­i­ty with Indige­nous Peo­ples. Words can be pow­er­ful and clear ways to demon­strate our sup­port for Indige­nous Peo­ples and when we find ways to demon­strate our sup­port through action, we will see tan­gi­ble, pos­i­tive changes that will make the world better. 

We’ve com­piled a num­ber of sug­gest­ed action items for all of us to learn about, and reflect on, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and res­i­den­tial schools. Togeth­er, we can each con­tribute to rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and build a soci­ety where Indige­nous Peo­ples are val­ued, respect­ed and honoured.


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  • Wear orange as one way to vis­i­bly demon­strate your sup­port for, and sol­i­dar­i­ty with, Indige­nous Peoples.


  • Enroll in the Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Edu­ca­tion course offered by First Nations Uni­ver­si­ty of Canada.
  • Take the Indige­nous Cana­da course offered by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta, which explores key issues fac­ing Indige­nous Peo­ples from an Indige­nous, his­tor­i­cal and crit­i­cal per­spec­tive high­light­ing nation­al and local Indige­nous-set­tler relations.