September 30 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada—a day to recognize the colonial legacy of residential schools, to honour Indigenous survivors, their families and communities, and to commit to taking concrete steps on the path to reconciliation.
Toronto Branch encourages family historians to take this opportunity to learn and reflect, to listen to and amplify Indigenous voices, and to consider and acknowledge the historical context and seek out the full truth in researching our settler and non-settler ancestors.
Toronto is situated on Indigenous land. This is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This land is also part of the Dish with One Spoon territory, a treaty between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (aka Six Nations Confederacy), the Anishinaabek and allied nations, to peaceably share and care for this land, its waters, and all of the biodiversity in the Great Lakes region. We are all responsible for honouring this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship, and respect.
To find out more, you may want to start with some of these resources:
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
- Treaties in Ontario
- Archives of Ontario Exhibit: The James Bay Treaty (Treaty No. 9)
- Toronto Public Library: Reading for Reconciliation
- University of Toronto: Research Guide—Indigenous Studies
- City of Toronto: Indigenous Affairs Office