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  • Writer's pictureAustin Pugh

Truth and Reconciliation Day 2021

The Ocean Acidification Canadian Community of Practice is a countrywide cohesion grown out of the cooperation of groups and individuals. Indigenous communities are an important part of the OA community having lived with and observed coastal systems for generations. Today is the first annual Truth and Reconciliation day, which is a day put aside to commemorate the children who died in residential schools, survivors and families that are still being impacted by them. We as a community would like to share educational resources to assist our community in understanding the difficult past that we all share with hopes of moving forward in a future of equality and kindness.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

Important Websites:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation website:

Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)


1) Elder Talk: Exploring Identity

2) Indigenous Leaders Panel

3) Indigenous Learning Series Trailer

4) Many Eagle Set Dance Sone (Michif song)

5) The Memoires of Russell Moses, Residential School Survivor

6) The Path of Reconciliation

7) Reconciliation Through the Arts

8) Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honourable Senator Murray Sinclair)

9) What does Indigenous Mean?

10) Why I Joined the Public Service


Sitting by The Fire

Articles and Books:

1) For Natural Scientists: Towards reconciliation: 10 Calls to Action to natural scientists working in Canada by Wong et al., 2020:

2) Book for scientists/non-scientists alike: "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer:

The Government of Canada has made some of these and more resources available; such as apps, courses and job aids. Resources available here.

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