STATEMENT: OCHC Commemorates Canada’s First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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OTTAWA, ON) September 30, 2021 — Today marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, like many across Canada, will pause to reflect on the impact of the residential school system on many families and communities.    

As an organization, Ottawa Community Housing is committed to supporting the diversity and inclusivity of tenants and employees. Together, with indigenous partners, we create and support healthy, safe and inclusive communities.   

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a call to action to continue advocating for recognition and reparation. There are many ways we can work towards reconciliation.    

On this day, OCHC encourages everyone to pause and think about a way to learn more about Indigenous Peoples, First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and the impact and legacy of colonization.   

Resources 

  • For those wanting to understand better, acknowledge and celebrate Indigenous culture, its peoples and history, start your learning journey by exploring more about the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.  
  • Indigenous history – Canada.ca 
  • Learning Journey – Canada.ca 
  • Reflect on the meaning of September 30 by taking part in a few activities outlined by the City of Ottawa. Click here to learn more
  • Explore Indigenous history in this free online course provided by the University of Alberta, available at no charge on Coursera here

Some of us may also experience emotional crisis and distress. It is important to remember; help is available.  

  • Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society 1-800-721-0066 
  • IRS National Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419  
  • Distress Centre of Ottawa 613-238-3311  
  • YSB Crisis Line 613-260-2360  
  • The Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310 

Quotes 

Today, OCHC pauses to remember lost children and survivors of Canada’s residential school, their families and their communities. Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation marks an important step in the advancement of our efforts towards reparation and reconciliation. 

Stéphane Giguère, Chief Executive Officer, OCHC  

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