Talk with the children in your program:
A great resource to support this is How To Talk To Kids About The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation.
There is also a wealth of educational resources from the National Centre that you can access to help you and your children learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Canada. Also, check out the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society to access other resources:
- Reconciliation Ambearrister Program - This special bear is a guide for participating in reconciliation activities and hosting groups would “teach” their bear Indigenous languages and stories, and make sure it joins in cultural activities.
- Educational Resources - These resources are categorized by age group and are intended to help learn about Indigenous peoples in Canada, the importance of equity for First Nations young people and provide meaningful ways to participate in reconciliation initiatives.
Bearcipe Cards - Spirit Bear loves to bake cookies for family and friends. Use these recipes when you are learning about Spirit Bear, reconciliation, and all of the Caring Society's campaigns.
Be a support:
This day will be an emotional one for many in the early learning and child care field. Please be sure to refer anyone who needs assistance to the following resources:
- Former Residential School students 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 at hopeforwellness.ca.