ACCM will be closed on Monday, October 3rd due to the holiday that occurred on Friday, September 30th.
September 30, 2022 marks the second annual Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. This is a statutory holiday at the federal level and in some provinces, but has not been declared statutory in Quebec.
As a non-Indigenous organization, ACCM is committed to actively learning and improving our practices. To this end, ACCM offices will be closed on October 3rd, to focus on reading, learning, and reflecting on our own practices and programming and how to decolonize our work.
Over the past year, here are some of the things we have done in order to honor this day of truth and reconciliation:
- Revised and updated our land acknowledgments.
- Held a staff workshop regarding Indigenous history and realities.
- Reached out to the Native Friendship Center of Montreal in order to develop a relationship of support.
Some of our upcoming plans:
- Participate in a workshop exchange to share respective knowledge with Indigenous organizations.
- Facilitate a workshop and discussion with volunteers and members in regards to Indigenous realities and history.
- Develop a volunteer partnership to support Indigenous organizations.
ACCM encourages its Staff, Members, Volunteers, and community to educate themselves on Canada’s ongoing colonialism. The following resources may be helpful:
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR): https://nctr.ca/
- Schedule for Truth and Reconciliation Week: https://nctr.ca/education/trw/
- The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ “Calls for Justice”:https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Calls_for_Justice.pdf
- The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society’s Indigenous Knowledge Portal: https://fncaringsociety.com/knowledge-portal
- Indigenous Canada, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies: https://www.ualberta.ca/admissions-programs/online-courses/indigenous-canada/index.html
- Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures, a MOOC offered in English and French at Université Laval: https://www.ulaval.ca/en/academics/mooc-massive-open-online-courses/northern-quebec-issues-spaces-and-cultures
- Update Your Land Acknowledgement: https://www.dayofpink.org/land-acknowledgement