National Day for Truth & Reconciliation 2022

September 30, 2022

Today is Canada’s 2nd National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – a day to recognize and commemorate the legacy of the Canadian residential school system and the Indigenous Peoples, families and communities affected.

A Message from Actua

Actua’s CEO, Jennifer Flanagan and National InSTEM Program Director, Doug Dokis, discuss how truth and reconciliation are an integral part of our work and the importance they hold within our organization.

Audio File

Reconciliation in Action

Actua’s National Indigenous Youth in STEM (InSTEM) program has worked for decades to address the deep intergenerational impacts of residential schools and the present-day need to dismantle systemic barriers in Indigenous education. We believe Indigenous youth should be able to participate in education without sacrificing their Indigenous Knowledge and that aligning Indigenous Knowledge and worldviews within Western education systems is fundamental to reconciliation. 

Through our work with Indigenous communities, education authorities and Actua network members across Canada, we have witnessed reconciliation in action. We have seen more and more people across Canada come to understand and take action against the harm and injustices imposed on Indigenous Peoples. And as a result, we’ve seen reconciliation evolve from something that’s talked about once or twice a year to something that’s being discussed and addressed on a daily basis. 

Still, Actua firmly acknowledges that reconciliation is an ongoing effort. We remain committed to taking every opportunity to learn about the history of residential schools, listen to survivors’ stories and reflect on our role in creating a better, more equitable future for all. 

For more on our commitment to reconciliation, please read our statement on solidarity.

For more information on reconciliation

We encourage everyone in Canada to recognize the role they play in reconciliation and continue to learn about the perspectives, cultures and histories of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Here are just a few resources:

For assistance and support

For anyone who may need immediate assistance and support, the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available 24 hours a day at 1-866-925-4419.