National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021 |
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Heritage Standing’s office is located in a building that sits on the traditional unceded territory of the Wolastokwiyik, whose ancestors, along with the Mi’kmaw and Passamaquoddy / Peskotomuhkati peoples, signed Peace and Friendship Treaties with the British Crown in the 1700s.

In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we invite everyone to take steps forward in learning more.

Have you ever wanted to improve your pronunciation, perhaps of wolastoq?  A resource particularly relevant for New Brunswickers is a language portal that has a wealth of resources on Wolastokwiyik and Peskotomuhkati languages, including live recordings.  You can find it here:

You can engage with the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for news, entertainment, and media “by, for, and about Indigenous Peoples to share with all Canadians.”

The National Trust for Canada has compiled a large and evolving resource list of indigenous heritage resources.   It is being continually updated, so please check for the most current list.  Below we have highlighted a few of the links and resources from the list, some of which are specific to heritage work, the industry in which we operate.


In peace and friendship,

Sonya Burrill



Selected links from the National Trust for Canada


Policies and Reports

The Truth and Reconciliation Reports

Beyond 94: Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Volume 4

Treaties and Agreements (Government of Canada source)

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls



Reconciliation Canada

Indigenous Heritage Circle website

First Peoples Law


Media and Webinars

Territorial Acknowledgements: Going Beyond the Script

CBC Radio: Building an ally: non-indigenous people share their stories of bridge building

Video: Our World Heritage INDIGENOUS FORUM #1 Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (Part 1)

Video: Our World Heritage INDIGENOUS FORUM #2 Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management (Part 2)


Resources/ Tools

Indigenous Peoples: Language Guidelines

Territory Acknowledgment Resource

Native-Land Map

Setting the Bar: A Guide to Achieve New Standards for Reconciliation Within the Heritage Sector (Heritage BC)



Courses/ Training

The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada ( online module training by RAIC)

Indigenous Canada MOOC – University of Alberta



48 books by Indigenous writers to read to understand residential schools

21 Things You May Not Know about The Indian Act– Bob Joseph

This Place: 150 Years Retold (graphic novel anthology) – Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell