Take the TRC Reading Challenge

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. At YWCA Toronto, we celebrate and honour Indigenous peoples and heritage – today and everyday. We are dedicated to the work of reconciliation and continue to call for justice, safety and a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples. YWCA_Toronto-Indigenous-2016

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future – the ground-breaking Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report was released one year ago. The report documents the long-lasting impacts of residential schools on Indigenous Peoples and provides a path forward. It touches all jurisdictions, all policy areas and all Canadians.

Join YWCA Toronto CEO Heather McGregor in taking the TRC Reading Challenge. Pledge to read the TRC summary report – starting today, June 21, 2016, National Aboriginal Day.  Over 3,000 Canadians have already made the pledge. Think of it as a nation-building exercise.

As YWCA Toronto’s 2016 Woman of Distinction recipient Roberta Jamieson reminds us, we must all advocate for “a Canada where there are no murdered Indigenous women … a Canada without Indigenous poverty, a Canada where there is no crisis in Indigenous health or Indigenous education, or Indigenous incarceration.” This is the positive change embodied in the TRC report.

Take the TRC Reading Challenge  – As you read, think about your individual role in reconciliation and urge all levels of government to take action. Together, we can build a fairer, more equitable Canada.

We all have a role in reconciliation.  #TRCReadingChallenge 

For more information on YWCA Toronto’s commitment to reconciliation and to learn more about YWCA Toronto Winona’s Place – our housing initiative for Indigenous women, please see our Turning Points newsletter (November 2015).