National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023: Addressing Residential School Denialism and Embodying Reconciliation (IRA1-E22)

Product code: IRA1-E22

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September 29, 2023


1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (ET)

English, with interpretation in French

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All public servants at all levels



In June 2021, the Government of Canada passed Bill C-5 to make September 30 the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Yet, despite this new national day to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure the history and legacy of residential schools is commemorated, residential school denialism is still prevalent.

Held in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, this event serves to address and disarm denialist misinformation and acknowledge the tragic history of residential schools. Speakers will share their thoughts, insights, experiences and suggestions on how to embody reconciliation in honour of Survivors.

Participants will come away with a better understanding to current challenges in addressing the ongoing impacts of colonial history and learn ways to help advance reconciliation and support Survivors.

This event is presented in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.


  • Elder Belinda Vandenbroeck
  • Elder Doreen Bergum
  • Shawn Tupper, Deputy Minister, Public Safety Canada
  • Nathalie Laviades-Jodouin, Vice-President, Public Sector Operations and Inclusion Branch, Canada School of Public Service
  • Kaila Johnston, Supervisor of Education, Outreach, and Public Programming, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Dr. Sean Carleton, Assistant Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies and Department of History, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Daniel Heath Justice, Professor, Department of English and Department of First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia


  • Daniel Quan-Watson, Deputy Minister, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister, Indigenous Services Canada


  • Inuit Throat Singers Caramello Swan and Keisha Oqaituq
  • Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Red River Jig Performers
  • Double the Trouble, Cree and French Métis Musical Artists
Date modified: 2023-08-22