news | Thursday September 30, 2021
Talonbooks observes Truth and Reconciliation Day today. We stand with Indigenous Peoples fighting for justice against the ongoing trauma of colonialism, including the devastation caused by residential schools. We mourn the countless lost and murdered souls. We encourage our readers, especially our settler readers, to continue to educate themselves about Canada’s colonial history and carry on the painful but necessary dialogue about this past.
The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the Truth and Reconciliation Commision‘s ninety-four calls to action both remain relevant. If you are able, please consider donating to one of the groups supporting healing and well-being for Indigenous Peoples. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) are two such groups.
National days like today are important to spark reflection and change, but the day-to-day aims for a more inclusive and equitable society are equally crucial. Talonbooks will continue to engage in the ongoing work of freeing our society from racial injustice and stands in solidarity with those doing the same. Today our team will be participating in various decolonizing workshops presented by Nahanee Creative.
Talonbooks gratefully acknowledges the unceded, Traditional, and Ancestral Territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including those of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Stó꞉lō, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ First Nations, on which we are privileged to live, work, read, and write.