Truth and Reconciliation Day, September 30, is a day for nation-wide reflection and education

This September 30th, 2021 is the first year that the federal government has declared a statutory holiday to mark Truth and Reconciliation. In past years, September 30th has been marked as Orange Shirt Day.  This date was chosen out of recognition that it was typically late September / early October that the federal government’s Indian Agents came for the children.
HSA invites members to spend the day in reflection on our collective and individual responsibilities to Truth and Reconciliation.  We are all at different points of understanding and addressing the impacts not only of Residential Schools, but also the of harmful and ongoing colonial tools such as the Indian Act and the 60s Scoop. In an effort to be a part of the change, we have put together some materials and resources for ongoing education in an effort to decolonize our minds and hearts.
If your employer is not recognizing the statutory holiday, please reach out to your workplace HSA steward or the union office at @email.
Indigenous-led events:

For Indigenous colleagues and members, we provide this reminder of support services:

  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society is available at 1-800-721-0066 along with a 24-hour crisis line at 1-866-925-4419 for those who need immediate support.
  • The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides an Indigenous-specific crisis line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's toll-free and can be reached at 1-800-588-8717
  • The First Nations Health Authority offers support specifically for survivors and families who have been directly impacted by the Indian Residential School system.

Educating ourselves:

This material is often difficult, and so we caution you to ensure you are able to take care of yourself as various emotions may arise – speak with someone you trust, go for a walk in nature, or journal about your experience learning about the Truth.
In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Healthcare
Understanding colonial roots:

San’yas Cultural Safety Training– ask your employer about availability through your worksite.
Free: Indigenous Canada created by faculty at the University of Alberta. Certificate options available.

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