Toronto, June 14, 2021: Throughout the month of June, Canada honours the history, culture, and diversity of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. This month is also an opportunity for non-Indigenous peoples to learn from and listen to Indigenous voices in order to contribute to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples across the country.

While efforts of truth and reconciliation are ongoing between settlers and Indigenous peoples in Canada, the nation was reminded of Canada’s shameful past actions with the discovery of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School located in the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation in Kamloops, B.C. Several other discoveries have been made in recent weeks and are being investigated. For this reason, this year’s Indigenous History Month is dedicated to the missing children, the families left behind, and the survivors of residential schools.

The Zoryan Institute mourns this discovery and emphasizes the need for widespread education and a better understanding of Indigenous History in Canada. Below, the Institute recommends some starting resources to learn more about Indigenous History, Residential Schools, and Truth and Reconciliation. The Institute has partnered with the University of Toronto Press to make the first two articles free and accessible to the public throughout the month of June. The remaining resources will always be available to the public.

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The Zoryan Institute (Toronto office) wishes to acknowledge the land on which it operates. For thousands of years,  it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. The Institute, its staff, and affiliates are grateful for the opportunity to work on this land.