Sep. 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In 2021, Canada will mark a new federal statutory holiday – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, it honours Indigenous survivors, and it’s a vital step in the continuing process of reconciliation.
Small Business BC will be closed in observance of this national holiday on September 30, virtually re-opening on October 1 for phone and email inquiries.
In the spirit of marking this important date, we wanted to provide resources to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation, while also amplifying some of the Indigenous voices within our community.
Resources to Learn More About Truth and Reconciliation
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
- Origins and History of Orange Shirt Day (precursor to the Federal Holiday)
- A History of Canada’s Residential School System
Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.
Businesses have an important role to play in reconciliation. We spoke to Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee to learn more about Decolonization and reconciliation in business.Get Started
Hear how Carol-Anne Hilton (Hesquiaht Nation), founder of The Indigenomics Institute, plans to grow the Indigenous economy to $100 billion in the next five years, creating a new economic reality in which Indigenous peoples have an equal share.Get Started
Indigenous Entrepreneur Spotlight
Listen to our Made Possible Podcast episode featuring Jaimie Davis. This powerhouse solopreneur discusses her incredible business journey, and how she balances her life as a single mother with the competing demands of growing her creative business.
Hear Lynn’s experience in transitioning from a career in construction to founding a thriving, award-winning small business. Along the way, we discuss the challenges faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, what it means to ‘sage against the machine,’ and how growth doesn’t happen at the speed of comfort.
Kari Morgan Designs
Born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Kari Morgan is Nisga’a from the house of Kw’isk’ayn. She is a Sculptor, Painter, and Designer, whose clear passion for art and mixed media emerged in her early childhood.
Watch a recording of our FREE workshop on Land Acknowledgements
Land Acknowledgements are becoming increasingly commonplace at event openings and gatherings made by organizations and individuals alike. Land Acknowledgements are crucial to increasing visibility around Nations that have cared for our land for thousands and thousands of years. But where do we start, and how do we respectfully do this?
On September 27th, SBBC hosted a free workshop on Land Acknowledgements with Erika Doehring, Gwich’in granddaughter.
Click Here to watch the recording of this workshop.