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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Time to Take Action

By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy September 30, 2022 marks Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is a day all Canadians are called to commemorate and honour all Indigenous people who attended Residential Schools, especially those who did not make it home. It is a day to reflect but to also take meaningful actions in Canada’s reconciliation process. Many of us know to wear orange shirts on September 30th but do you know why? The movement was started by Phyllis Webstad, who was excited to wear her orange shirt on her first day of attendance at Residential school. It was taken away from her and was the beginning of the trauma she would face during her school years.  We wear orange to be reminded of how Residential Schools stripped the dignity, culture, and family away from Indigenous people in Canada. Residential Schools Created an Identity Struggle Until Today I have recently spent time in Saskatchewan with my extended family. Our...

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The OKN Data Portal: A Sandbox of Knowledge

The OKN Data Portal: A Sandbox of Knowledge

By Juan Medina, Children’s Services Research Advisor, Halton Region I had no idea what to expect when I started working for the Halton Region two years ago. I was juggling with a lot of personal change – a new career, the first time working for government, and moving...

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The Power of an Apology

The Power of an Apology

By Angela Bellegarde, OKN’s Manager of Indigenous Strategy Angela reflects on the Pope’s recent apology for the Catholic’s Church role in Canada’s Residential School System. It was a difficult week watching the news coverage of Indigenous representatives meeting with...

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