Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
This year’s Truth and Reconciliation Day marks an important milestone for both the film Unions and the AMPTP. In 2022, Truth and Reconciliation Day was added as an official statutory holiday in the Master Agreement between the Unions and the AMPTP. This means that close to 60,000 film industry professionals, on and off set, will take this day to reflect on what this day means. This builds greater awareness and gives us the time to really consider the relationship between settlers and Indigenous peoples.
Here is a list of resources available to help you get involved and learn about the importance of this day:
- Government of Canada – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- IATSE 891 – Truth and Reconciliation T-shirt Fundraiser
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- National Film Board of Canada – Indigenous Cinema
- REEL CANADA – Indigenous Made Film Catalogue
- The University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada Course
- Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society – 30 Days of Truth and Reconciliation