CMHA Durham joins Canadians across the country in observing the country’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30.
The day was established by the federal government to honour survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and
legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
To acknowledge the day staff from CMHA Durham will wear Orange shirts to honour the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, celebrates resilience and affirm our commitment that every child matters.
The physical, psychological and spiritual violence stemming from residential schools has caused pain that has been passed from generation to generation. The recent discoveries in BCand Saskatchewan reflects the long history of racism, violence and cultural genocide towards Indigenous peoples in Canada which did not end with the closure of residential schools. It continues to this day. Every day, Indigenous people live the very real impacts of systemic racism and colonialism, which affect their mental health and well-being.
CMHA Durham stands with CMHA National in calling for our healthcare system and decision makers to heed the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to support Indigenous communities’ calls to action on reconciliation, and particularly those in support of Indigenous mental health, healing, and well-being.
For more information and a schedule of virtual Truth and Reconciliation events open to the general public, visit the National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation website.