In the words of the Honourable Murray Sinclair: “…I stand before you hopeful that we are at the threshold of a new era — a point of fundamental change in Canada’s story…a period of change that, if sustained by the will of the people, will forever realign the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.”
(Macleans.ca/news/canada/, Dec 15,2015)
A new social media campaign is launching on June 29 to raise awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Daily, the #94in94 campaign will highlight each of the 94 Calls to Action in as many days, encouraging people across Turtle Island to take action in a variety of ways. The campaign will conclude on September 30 in honour of Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, commemorating the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada.
The #94in94 campaign is a collaboration between Reconciliation Thunder and Circles for Reconciliation.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was created through a legal settlement between Residential Schools Survivors, the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit representatives and the parties responsible for creation and operation of the schools: the federal government and the church bodies.
The TRC’s mandate was to inform all Canadians about what happened in residential schools. The TRC documented the truth of Survivors, their families, communities and anyone personally affected by the residential school experience. This included First Nations, Inuit and Métis former residential school students, their families, communities, the churches, former school employees, government officials and other Canadians.
The TRC concluded its mandate in 2015 and transferred its records to the safekeeping of National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).
When the members of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair, Dr. Marie Wilson, and Chief Wilton Littlechild) finished their work, they published their findings in a number of documents:
They also created a short document with 94 calls to action for every member of society. The calls are broken into the following areas:
The calls are not just for government. They address multiple areas in society and all people need to know and act on them (see above).
The TRC final report states: “Reconciliation cannot be left up to governments, the courts, and churches alone. There must be dialogue and action in communities across the country. Reconciliation must happen across all sectors of Canadian Society.” (pg. 306).
Sign up here to receive the 94 calls by email! (see below)
Be creative. Build your own campaign around this campaign by mobilizing those you lead and facilitating relationship-building and discussion.
During the 94 days, people will be asked to choose at least one Call to Action. As the campaign proceeds you will be able to search the #94in94 hashtag to see examples of what other organizations/communities are doing. Once you or your organization/community decides, post your story online using the #94in94 hashtag to inspire others to do the same.
Circles for Reconciliation (circlesforreconciliation.ca) is a grassroots full and equal partnership between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with the aim to establish trusting, meaningful relationships as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). These Circles nurture dialogue, on issues outlined in the TRC report, between five Indigenous and five-non-Indigenous people led by two trained facilitators on a weekly basis for ten weeks.
Follow us every day on social media from June 28 to September 30 to learn more about each of the TRC’s 94 Calls to Action and to find out what you can do to help. You can start right now by asking your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours to join you in the campaign!