Truth and Reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks the second year in a row that Canada officially observes the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation -- a national day of remembrance, to honour the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.

Public recognition and understanding of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is vital to the reconciliation process within Canada.

At Coquitlam Public Library, we are dedicated to providing resources for you to learn more about Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous experiences within Canada. In addition to providing access to the public resources below, and curated lists of Indigenous content available at our branches as well as online, we are also working to respond to the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report that have particular relevance to libraries. 
  • How public libraries are supporting Truth and Reconciliation

Reading Lists

Additional Educational Resources

Emotional Support Resources

A special thank you to Terri Mae Galligos, Tla'amin Nation, Mentor Support Teacher - Indigenous Education for the following emotional support resource list.

  • Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Crisis Line

  • KUU-US Crisis Line Society

  • Kid’s Help Phone

  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline

  • BC Bereavement Helpline

  • Suicide Help Line

We acknowledge that Coquitlam Public Library provides service on the unceded traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Qayqayt, Squamish and Sto’:lo Nations.