Content Advisory & Support

Many of the resources below include mention and discussion around residential schools, and other potentially sensitive and traumatic subject matters. Please take care and consider your capacity for engaging in this information.

If you are in need of support services, please see the following: 

Getting Started

We recommend taking a look at these focused resources to start your learning around Truth and Reconciliation. 

The National Centre for Truth & Reconciliation 

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights Witness Blanket 

NWAC Restoring the Circle 

PHSA Sanyas Training 

Indigenous Residential School History and Dialogue Centre 

For a Deeper Dive

The following resources have been compiled to help gain a better understanding of what Truth and Reconciliation means in a Canadian context. This includes information on the history of Indigenous people as well as a deeper grasp of issues that have affected Indigenous communities since colonization began. There are also many opportunities below that aim to help guide us in finding our own path forward with reconciliation.

We encourage everyone to seek out more information and learning as we reflect on our own responsibilities toward reconciliation both personally and professionally in the institutions and communities we are a part of.

The resources on this page are not meant to be comprehensive, so if you have suggestions for articles, podcasts, webinars, events, etc., we invite you to contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at

Engage Check out these local and national events.

Sept 27 - Embracing Truth: Honouring the National Day for Reconciliation (BC Chamber of Commerce in support of Indian Residential School Survivors Society)

Committed to its own reconciliation journey and to supporting others with theirs through education, the BC Chamber of Commerce invites you to "Embracing Truth: Honouring the National Day for Reconciliation", a virtual event that will provide perspective, enable understanding and encourage reconciliation and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in British Columbia.

Sept 29 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at MONOVA

The Museum and Archives of North Vancouver invites guests of all ages to attend on Truth and Reconciliation Day to learn through hands-on activities, reflect, and take part in meaningful dialogue.

Sept 29 - Skookum Surrey National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (City of Surrey - Holland Park)

Sept 30 - Afternoon Film Screening: Truth and Reconciliation Films  (Vancouver Public Library - nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch)

"Trick or Treaty?" portrays one community's attempts to enforce their treaty rights and protect their lands. In "Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair", learn about the remarkable figure who spearheaded the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, emphasizing the need for embracing difficult truths to foster genuine reconciliation.

Sept 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconcilation (Nisga'a Ts'amiks Vancouver Society - John Hendry Park, Trout Lake)

Sept 30 - Walk for Truth and Reconciliation (Tsawwassen First Nation)

Sept 30 - Walk for Truth and Reconciliation (Semiahmoo First Nation - Semihamoo Park)

Listen Tune in to a wide variety of audio files at home or on the go.

The Secret Life of Canada (CBC)


All My Relations


Telling Our Twisted Histories

  • Words connect us. Words hurt us. Indigenous histories have been twisted by centuries of colonization. Host Kaniehti:io Horn brings us together to decolonize our minds– one word, one concept, one story at a time. Some episodes of interest:

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

  • Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she was raped and murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC news investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo.
Watch View a variety of resources online.

Senator Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Every Child Matters: Reconcilitation – Act One & Two

Documentary: nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up

  • On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The jury’s subsequent acquittal of Stanley captured international attention, raising questions about racism embedded within Canada’s legal system and propelling Colten’s family to national and international stages in their pursuit of justice. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.

Documentary: Highway of Tears

  • Highway of Tears is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. You can rent the film here.

Documentary: We Know the Truth: Stories to Inspire Reconciliation

  • A CBC Manitoba documentary that recasts Canada's history and future through the empowerment of Indigenous people. Meet Indigenous people who are telling the true history of Canada and residential schools and creating change on their own terms. Reflect with residential school survivors and be inspired by those who are working hard to keep their culture and languages alive.

Namwayut: we are all one. Truth and reconciliation in Canada

  • Chief Robert Joseph shares his experience as a residential school survivor and the importance of truth and reconciliation in Canada in this documentary.
Read Use this collection of resources for reference all year long.

Langara’s Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre

  • The learning, unlearning and relearning needed for decolonization and Indigenization is a lifelong journey. It begins by learning the truth about Canada’s historical and current relationship with the First Peoples of this land, implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, and exploring Indigenous cultures, perspectives, and worldviews with curiosity and respect. These resources offer a place to start that journey. 

Langara Library: Self-study for Reconciliation

  • This section highlights non-fiction, fiction, and creative non-fiction works, primarily by Indigenous authors, to help build cross-cultural awareness and understanding.  

Langara Library: Resources for Learning About Canada's Residential School System

  • Please note that the resources on this guide include survivor testimony and textual and visual depictions of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Please see the top of this page for information on support services.

Langara Library Reading List

  • A curated list by the Langara Library about truth and reconcilitation. 

Graphic History Collective: Remember | Resist | Redraw

  • A Radical History Poster Project featuring works by artists and writers offering alternative perspectives on well-known historical events, and highlighting histories of Indigenous peoples, women, workers, and the historically oppressed people that are often overlooked or marginalized in mainstream historical accounts. 

First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers

  • This guide introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community.

First Peoples’ Map of BC

  • This map can be used to view Indigenous language regions, artists and artworks, place names and community landmarks. You can hear the pronunciation of language names, greetings, places and more. All of the 34 languages Indigenous to what is now called British Columbia are represented.

Vancouver Public Library: Indigenous Peoples in Canada Resource Guide

  • This guide is intended to help you find resources on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people and issues in B.C. and Canada, with a particular focus on Indigenous peoples in British Columbia.

Beyond 94

  • This website that monitors progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action.

A Reconciliation Reading List

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation Reports

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)