Reflecting on National Truth and Reconciliation Day 2022

Friday, September 30, 2022, will mark Canada’s second Truth and Reconciliation Day. The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. It’s a day to listen and explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.

CANS Office Closure: Friday, September 30

Please be advised that CANS office will be closed in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day on Friday, September 30, 2022 returning to work on Monday, October 3, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. We ask members to please plan accordingly for this temporary disruption in CANS services.


Have you been looking for resources to help your organization reflect on Truth and Reconciliation Day?

CANS staff have been given the chance to attend “Exploring the new National Indigenous Economic Strategy” held by the Rotman School of Management and presented by the Indigenous Innovation Initiative (I3).

We encourage CANS members to join us in attending this session on September 28 (registered attendees will receive a recording)! It will be an insightful resource for professionals interested in expanding their understanding of how they can support a new era of Indigenous economic inclusion and wealth creation.

Exploring the New National Indigenous Economic Strategy
  • Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. ADT
  • Presenters: Dawn Madahbee Leach (Chair, National Indigenous Economic Development Board and General Manager, Waubetek Business Development Corporation) and Sara Wolfe (Director, Indigenous Innovation Initiative at Grand Challenges Canada) 

Overview: “How can we as a nation drive positive change, address long-standing inequities, and achieve inclusive growth for and with Indigenous communities for all Canadians? This summer, a coalition of more than 25 National Indigenous Organizations recently unveiled a new National Indigenous Economic Strategy, the first such strategy to be built and designed exclusively by Indigenous leaders, institutions, and organizations from across Canada. Join us for an insightful conversation about this roadmap for true economic reconciliation.”

*REGISTER NOW! Click here to attend this session virtually. (All attendees can access the full recording on-demand for one month after the live event.)

Mental Health Supports

Truth and Reconciliation Day offers a stark reflection on Canada’s history and may stir up painful feelings and memories. Mental health supports are available to those who need them.

  • Former residential survivors can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
  • Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.