Truth & Reconciliation Day Resources

Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Truth and Reconciliation are not contained to one day: it is an ongoing practice. Today and every day we consider our responsibility as Treaty people. 

Below, please find an incomplete and evolving list of resources in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation.

The resources below explore a difficult history of the violent colonization and genocide of Indigenous peoples. This is not a distant history. It continues to adversely impact Indigenous communities today. The ripple of that impact will be felt for generations.  

We invite you to please listen, learn, unlearn, reflect, and, when you are ready, take action. 

Questions? Have a resource you’d like to see added to this list? Please reach out: hello@fringehteatre.ca 

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READ:

  • Non-Fiction:
    • 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph
    • The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
    • Me Artsy: An Exploration of Contemporary Native Arts by Drew Hayden Taylor
    • Medicine Shows by Yyelle Nolans
    • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga
    • The Reason You Walk by Web Kinew
    • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott
    • They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars
  • Fiction (Graphic Novel):
    • Pemmican Wars (A Girl Called Echo #1) by Katherena Vermette & Scott B. Henderson
    • This Place: 150 Years Retold by 11 Different Authors & 11 Different Illustrators
  • Fiction (Children):
    • Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad & Brock Nicol
    • I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis
    • Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell & Kim LaFave
  • Fiction (Young Adult):
    • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
    • Dear Canada: These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens by Ruby Slipperjack
  • Fiction (Adult):
    • Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
    • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
    • Porcupines and China Dolls by Robert Arthur Alexie
  • Plays:
    • Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses
    • Children of God by Corey Payette
    • Death of a Chief by Nolan and Kennedy Cathy Mackinnon
    • Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Thomson Highway
    • God and the Indian by Drew Hayden Taylor
    • The Herd by Kenneth T. Williams
    • The Hours that Remain by Keith Barker
    • Huff by Cliff Cardinal
    • In Spirit by Tara Beagan
    • Indian Act: Residential School Plays (Anthology) by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
    • Indian Arm by Hiro Kanagawa
    • Staging Coyote’s Dream Volume 1 & 2 by Monique Mojica & Ric Knowles
    • Stich by Cliff Cardinal
    • This is How We Got Here by Keith Barker
    • Thunderstick by Kenneth T. Williams
    • The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements
    • The Unplugging by Yvette Nolan
    • Where the Blood Mixes by Kevin Loring
  • Academic:
    • Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back by Leanne Simpson
    • As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance by Leanne Simpson
    • Red Alert by Daniel R. Wildcat
    • Performing Indigeneity: New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume 6 by Yvette Nolan and Ric Knowles
    • Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies by Ballengee Morris & Kryssi Staikidis
  • Poetry:
    • Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson
    • NDN Coping Mechanisms by Billy-Ray Belcourt
    • This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Simpson
    • Yellow Medicine Poetry Anthologies by Various

Fringe is a safer space for difficult conversations, including the legacies of colonialism, residential schools, and ongoing barriers and discrimination. If you need support, please reach out to the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program 24/7 crisis line by calling 1-866-925-4419.  

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