National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to recognize the ongoing legacy of Canada’s residential school system, to honour and commemorate Indigenous cultures, Indigenous residential school Survivors, their families, and communities.

This first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we reflect on the continued impacts of residential schools, and think about how as Architects and Designers, we can meaningfully participate in reconciliation through the work that we do at DPAI.

As a call to action, we’ve compiled a list of resources and some incredible work done by Indigenous artists on the subject of truth and reconciliation:


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Calls to Action:

Residential School History:

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

Canada Council for the Arts – {Re}conciliation Initiative:

Orange Shirt Day – Phyllis (Jack) Webstad’s story in her own words:

Indigenous Curatorial Collective:

Wawahte: Stories of Residential School Survivors (documentary):

TEDx Talks – Existence as Resistance | Tasha Spillett:

Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair):

Reconciliation Through the Arts:

Gord Downie’s The Secret Path:

CBC Radio – Truth and Reconciliation Commission: how the arts shape our view of history (podcast):

Historica Canada – Residential Schools by Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais:


National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation – Truth and Reconciliation Week events:

The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund: Orange Shirt Day Event: On the path to reconciliation:

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Daphne Cockwell Gallery