Step inside a residential school that’s being converted into a special space to honour survivors

Warning: This video contains distressing details. The former Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont. is now part of the Woodland Cultural Centre. Staff there are working to turn the space into what executive director Heather George calls a “connection for survivors.” CBC News was given a look inside the facility, which is set to open to the public next year.

Sask. newcomers explore importance of learning Indigenous history, truth and reconciliation

According to the 2021 Census, 12.5 per cent of Saskatchewan's population is made up of immigrants. The province is expecting many more newcomers in the coming years. Some of these immigrants are learning about this land's First peoples, and truth and reconciliation.



Westbank First Nation elder offers advice on how to integrate reconciliation

Westbank knowledge keeper Pamela Barnes, who teaches a course in cultural competency from a Syilx perspective, provides insights on how organizations and individuals can integrate reconciliation into their workplaces and lives.



Ontario MPP shares his residential school story

Ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa rose in Queen's Park to share his story. Mamakwa is from Kingfisher Lake First Nation and attended residential school. He'd never spoken about his experience in this way before.



Art in the name of reconciliation

A new mural at the Bora Laskin Law School is honouring residential school students.The mural is called Where the Heart Gathers and was painted by artists from Neechee Studio. It's a call to remind law students of injustices of the past and inspire them to action.

Truth and Reconciliation Day: What's open and closed on P.E.I.

Here is a partial list of what will be open and closed on P.E.I. for Truth and Reconciliation Day.

What does Reconciliation look like Saskatchewan's small cities?

<p>The national day for Truth and Reconciliation is this weekend. But the work of Reconciliation goes on year round in communities across this province. Today we spoke to people in Yorkton (Treaty 4), Nipawin (Treaty 6) and Lloydminster (Treaty 6) about the work they are doing in their communities to educate and empower people to take action on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action. From Indigenous art installations, to Treaty education, to systemic changes in how organizations hire and educate staff - we heard about some of the people leading their communities on the path towards Reconciliation.&nbsp;</p>

Sharing the stories of northern Manitoba

Here are all the stories shared from CBC Manitoba's tour of northern Manitoba. Communities in Focus is a community news bureau initiative.



What is reconciliation?

Have you ever wondered what reconciliation is, and what it means for Indigenous people? This video breaks down the truth about Canada’s history of residential schools, the TRC’s 94 calls to action and how we all can be part of the journey to reconciliation.



All about Orange Shirt Day

September 30th is Orange Shirt Day. It's also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Learn all about this important day and how it came to be.

Small Ontario town vows to hold itself accountable for upholding TRC's Calls to Action

Politicians in a small southwestern Ontario town have promised to keep track of the work being done to take action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).



Stolen 19th century Nisga'a totem pole begins journey home

A totem pole carved in 1860 and then stolen from the Nisga'a nation in northern B.C. in 1929 has begun its journey home after spending nearly a century on display in the National Museum of Scotland.

Canada Day not a celebration for some communities in northern Ontario

For some communities Canada Day is a time to reflect on truth and reconciliation. Some newcomers see it as a reflection of their own independence days.

Here's what's happening in B.C. to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday, including many events and activities being held in British Columbia.

Northern Manitoba teachers use teddy bears to teach about truth and reconciliation

A Thompson elementary school wrapped a year of learning with its second annual picnic — a fun day at a local lake complete with teddy bears that symbolize a lot more than a good snuggle.
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After 6 decades of art and activism, Alanis Obomsawin is still holding up a mirror to Canada

The Abenaki director has made more than 50 films about Indigenous communities in Canada. After being honoured at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, she sat down with Q’s Tom Power to talk about her incredible life and accomplishments.

Traditional ribbon skirts are now a formal uniform option for Greater Sudbury police officers

Sudbury police officers have a new uniform they can wear for special events and it has special significance for Indigenous people. Officers can choose to wear a traditional ribbon skirt as a formal uniform. The CBC's Jonathan Miigneault was at the announcement where Greater Sudbury Police unveiled the formal ribbon skirt.

Trudeau encourages reconciliation efforts but says decision on Orange Shirt Day holiday up to provinces

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is encouraging provinces and territories to step up reconciliation efforts with Indigenous Peoples but stopped short of saying they should make the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commonly called Orange Shirt Day a statutory holiday.

Sports professionals discuss reconciliation, inclusion of Indigenous communities in athletics

Indigenous inclusion in sports and Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action was the topic of conversation on Wednesday evening at the University of Regina. Sydney Daniels, of Mistawasis Nêhiyawak First Nation in Treaty 6 territory, gave the keynote speech to kick off the evening. She is the first-ever female NHL Scout for the Winnipeg Jets. 

Regina's Indigenous procurement policy takes shape as step toward economic reconciliation

Regina's executive committee passed the procurement policy unanimously on Wednesday. It must still pass at a meeting of council.



'You cannot sweep this under the rug,' survivor says after Kenora discoveries

Jennifer Wood, an Ojibway residential school survivor from Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation who works with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, discusses the impact on survivors following the detection of 'plausible burials' at a former residential school site in Ontario, and speaks about the work that still needs to happen.



Child's remains discovered at site of former residential school

A ground search of a former Saskatchewan residential school site found more than 2,000 anomalies, some of which could be unmarked graves. During a site search, a jawbone was discovered that’s been confirmed as the remains of a child from over 100 years ago.



First Nations undertake daunting task of searching for unmarked graves

Many Indigenous communities are undertaking searches for unmarked graves at sites tied to former residential schools. It’s a daunting task, and can be deeply distressing for those searching, and those waiting to see what's found.

Richmond City Councillor Michael Wolfe on City Council vote to pass motion to establish Truth and Reconciliation policy

The City of Richmond has been facing calls to take more action towards reconciliation. And earlier this week, Richmond City Council has voted unanimously to approve a motion, which will help the City establish a Truth and Reconciliation policy. The motion was brought forth by Councillor Michael Wolfe, who joins us for more.

Anishinaabe educator hopes to self-publish educational board game that teaches about colonization

An artist and educator originally from Wiikwemkoong First Nation hopes his board game will help teach high school students about a topic that's far from fun and games: colonization.  James Darin Corbiere is raising money in the hopes of printing thousands of copies of his board game, and distributing them for free.