Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that recognizes and honours the historic and contemporary contributions of Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures, as well as the special relationships Indigenous peoples have with ancestral lands, waters and ice.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and honours Survivors, their families, and Indigenous communities. It establishes a formal public commemoration of the tragic, painful and ongoing impact of residential schools that will remain a vital component of the reconciliation process.
The date of September 30 builds on the grassroots momentum of Orange Shirt Day, already known as a day to remember the legacy of residential schools and to educate and raise awareness among Canadians about the residential school system and its painful and long- lasting impact on Indigenous communities.
Residential schools were part of colonial assimilationist policies that removed Indigenous children from their communities and families. Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation are opportunities for Canadians to learn about the lasting negative impacts residential schools have left on generations of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.
Indigenous connections to ancestral lands, waters and ice are reinforced in many heritage places names.
The Indigenous Guardians program supports Indigenous land management and stewardship in their territories based on a cultural responsibility for the land.
Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have been nurturing a long-term relationship with ice, lands and waters, resulting in deep understandings of places and living systems.
Strong relationships with Indigenous partners are essential to Parks Canada’s work and contribute to the process of reconciliation.
Collaborating with Indigenous communities across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving natural and cultural heritage and sharing the stories of these treasured places.
Indigenous Knowledge and Western science come together to protect a park and a homeland at Torngat Mountains National Park.
The recovery of the Plains Bison from near extinction is one of the great success stories of wildlife conservation in North America, achieved in collaboration with Indigenous partners.
Coast Salish peoples, whose ancestral territories criss-cross the southern Gulf Islands, have managed their lands and resources for thousands of years.
Parks Canada is committed to ensuring Indigenous connections are honoured, and Indigenous rights are respected.
Parks Canada collaborates with Indigenous communities and organizations in various programs and activities through the use and application of Indigenous approaches and Indigenous Knowledge systems in the management of heritage places.
- Métis identity and voice: video series
- Working together: Our stories
- Learn more about working together
- Call for Applications: Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council
- Mapping Change: Fostering a Culture of Reconciliation within Parks Canada
- Indigenous Stewardship Circle: Indigenous voices in Parks Canada’s future direction
Indigenous voices share their own stories of their history and culture. Enjoy enriching experiences, deepen your understanding of the histories, cultures and important roles of Indigenous peoples.
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- Calls to Action made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
- National Indigenous History Month
- Learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples across Canada
- Parks Canada Charter in Indigenous languages
- This Week in History
- Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
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