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September 27 2021 Calgary Chamber

Reconciliation: a journey, not a destination

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth & Reconciliation in Canada.

While we believe reconciliation can and should be a daily practice, we also know organizations are observing this day from different starting points. For some, this day may serve as a beginning. For others, it is an opportunity to check-in and evaluate what more can be done to recognize the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada.

Fortunately, there are many resources to help you on your way. Check out a few of the ways to get involved, learn and better understand your role in reconciliation – including lots happening right in our city in the week ahead.


Calgary Public Library


A Knock on The Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

A few other great reading options include The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle and 21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Available through the Calgary Public Library or your local bookstore.

When We Were Alone by David A. Robinson, illustrated by Julie Flett


Orange Shirt Day with Trellis Society

Trellis Society presents a two-day event series to commemorate the residential school experience and honour the healing journey of survivors and their families.


Destination Indigenous

Blackfoot Crossing


IndigiTRAILS with USAY

Art Exhibit at Southcentre Mall


Shop and support local


Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action

Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


Reconciliation: A journey for Calgary businesses


Active History offers 150 Acts of Reconciliation to help us meaningfully consider our role and responsibility in reconciliation and to better understand our nation’s history in new ways.

Of course, there are many more resources available to support learning and action on reconciliation for all Canadians. On September 30 and beyond, we encourage you to seek them out and continue to explore and define your role and intention to be part of active and meaningful steps on reconciliation.


Land acknowledgement

Why land acknowledgement?

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is privileged to serve Calgary’s business community on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This includes traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy including the Piikani, Siksika, and Kainai First Nations, as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations). We acknowledge the people of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, who also make their homes here. We give thanks to the generations of people who stewarded this land and recognize our shared responsibility to continue to honour and care for it.

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