National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Posted: September 30, 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an opportunity for Canadians and people everywhere to honour survivors and the lost children of residential schools as well as their families and communities. We feel it’s essential for all Canadians to reflect on our country’s past and the realities of the lives lost of Indigenous People. The past several months brought to light the terrible truths of our country’s history of previous harms against Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

We recognize that in order to strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities, we must first become educated about the past to move forward in a positive and impactful way. In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, our team will participate in a virtual learning event focusing on Indigenous history and culture. We believe that by educating our team about the history of residential schools, we not only have the opportunity to better understand the resilience that Indigenous Peoples have shown amidst the collective trauma they’ve endured and continue to endure, we can also better educate the communities and people that we serve. Our commitment to educating ourselves about our country’s past better enables everyone to be part of the healing process that needs to take place in order to make positive, long-lasting change.

Although September 30th is now designated as National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, I encourage everyone to take time throughout the year to reflect, recognize and educate themselves about the history and impact that residential schools have had and continues to have on our Indigenous communities and families.

Below are some links that I would encourage everyone to look at whether you are beginning or continuing your personal learning journey. Thank you.

Naseem Bashir, 
President & CEO
Williams Engineering Canada

University of Alberta – Indigenous Canada

Truth and Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Canada

United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples

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