A Thoughtful Canada Day
Everyone celebrates Canada Day in their own way.
As we think about July 1 and the nature of this complex country, we have gathered some information and resources to help acknowledge Canada’s ongoing issues and work towards a better future together.
Read BGC Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commitment Statement
Owen Charters, CEO of BGC Canada, has also written an article on being Canadian in this moment.
Wear an orange shirt in memory of the children who did not survive residential schools
Donate to an Indigenous organization
Talk to your children about residential schools
Read a book or watch a film about one of the many Indigenous cultures on Turtle Island
Secret Path (Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund)
Indigenous Cinema (NFB)
#IndigenousReads (Government of Canada)
Indigenous Storytellers: Podcasts (University of Toronto)
Learn about the Indigenous peoples whose land you live on
Fly the Indigenous Canada flag, designed by Mulidzas-Curtis Wilson
Indigenous Ally toolkit (Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network)
Indigenous support information (Here to Help)
Two-spirit and Indigenous Queer Studies (University of British Columbia)
National Indian Residential School 24-hour crisis line: 1-866-925-4419
Hope for Wellness Help Line for Indigenous people: 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca
Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)
nisitohtamowin ᓂᓯᑐᐦᑕᒧᐃᐧᐣ An Introduction to Understanding Indigenous Perspectives in Canada (First Nations University of Canada)