Today marks the beginning of Truth and Reconciliation Week, a five-day national initiative hosted by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR).

The week encourages the nation to begin a conversation about the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools’ system in the days leading up to the new federally legislated National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

September 30 was established by the House of Commons as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and it has been recognized as a day of observance in Ontario. The day was chosen as it aligns with Orange Shirt Day, a movement that started as a way to open the conversation about the effects of the residential schools and the legacy they left behind.