Truth and Reconciliation
Port Coquitlam recognizes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 as a day to recognize and reflect on the tragic history of residential schools, and to honour First Nations, Inuit and Métis residential school survivors and their families and communities.By marking National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the City will honour this day, and reflect on its importance to the country’s past, present, and future and to embrace the significance of the day to honour Indigenous peoples and reflect on acts of reconciliation.
City Hall and civic buildings fly an orange flag and City Hall will illuminate orange in observance of this day.
Indigenous Educational Resources
We encourage local residents and families to learn and reflect on the history of Indigenous people in Canada. There is much work to do to address and repair the intergenerational trauma caused by the treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada, including but not limited to, the residential school system. Educating yourself is one way we can all build toward reconciliation.
- Find the Fraser Valley Regional Library reading list for National Indigenous Peoples Day here.
- Learn about and view resources from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, a place of learning and dialogue about residential schools.
- Read about the first stage of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada about residential schools that concluded in 2015.
- Read about the history of the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem First Nation) in this area.
- Click here for a variety of resources and information on National Indigenous History Month (June), which recognizes the history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.
- BC Alliance for Arts & Culture – Residential Schools & Indigenous Resilience
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Education
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – Exhibits
- Orange Shirt Society – Resources and Ideas