National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Building a strong community where everyone can thrive means working towards truth and reconciliation, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.

United Way Winnipeg is committed to listening, learning, and challenging ourselves with this essential work.

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Since 1965, generous United Way Winnipeg donors have invested in Indigenous-led agency partners. Today, we are one of the top 10 funders of Indigenous-led organizations in Canada. We are building partnerships with Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, and Metis) individuals and groups across all parts of United Way Winnipeg’s work.

Yet we know there is still much work to be done.

As we continue learning about our shared history, the United Way Winnipeg office will be closed on September 30, 2021, in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

On this important day of remembrance, United Way Winnipeg staff will be pausing for a shared moment of reflection on the intergenerational harms of residential schools.

During Truth and Reconciliation Week (September 27 – October 1), we encourage participation in online learning opportunities hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation along with numerous partners. We’ve also included additional resources as a starting point to guide our ongoing learning.

We encourage all partners, members of the community, and our own staff with a direct connection to residential schools to care for your spirits and connect with those in your circle of support.

Additionally, a national Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide 24/7 support for former students of residential schools and those affected. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 1-866-925-4419.

Truth for reconciliation

With truth comes a heavy heart and a responsibility to learn more and to act.

A vital part of that ongoing journey is reckoning with our past. Reconciliation requires us to acknowledge the harms of Canada’s colonial history and the harms done to Indigenous communities across the country.

We have assembled a starting list of resources for our community to explore as we continue on our learning journey:

Books

TV & Films

Podcasts

Organizations

The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba is a wealth of information. In addition to their high-quality Speaker’s Bureau, their website hosts archived public talks as well as past episodes of their radio spots called Let’s Talk Treaty.

Online Courses

Together, let’s keep the conversation going—today, tomorrow, and always.