September 28, 2021

This Thursday, September 30 marks the first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This important day has been created as an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools - which over 150,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit children were forced to attend between the 1870s and 1997. September 30 was chosen because it was the time of year when Indigenous children were removed from their families and forced to attend the church-run, government-funded residential schools.

In the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) final report detailing the terrible history of the residential school system, one outcome of the report was a document detailing 94 calls to action. Call to Action #80 is in reference to this Thursday's National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. 

As an organization, we respect the TRC’s recommendation and feel wholeheartedly that this day is long overdue and deserves the additional weight and meaning. As such, Egale's offices will be closed this Thursday, September 30 to honour the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

As individuals, we can do our part to learn about the history of residential schools. Through reviewing educational resources and listening to the stories being told by Survivors, we can become better allies and strengthen our relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

Included below are resources to guide your education:


Helen Kennedy, Executive Director

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Celebrate International Day for Older Persons this Friday by watching our FINALE Rainbow Table Episode LIVE at 12 PM ET!


Celebrate our FINALE Rainbow Table episode with us on International Day for Older Persons this Friday, October 1 at 12 PM ET! Host Deb Pearce chats with a lineup of guests as we discuss pertinent issues facing older 2SLGBTQI persons across Canada; including mental health, long-term care, isolation, and much more! We'll also look back at the past 17 episodes that have shaped our popular web series that launched back in June 2020.



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Our vision is a Canada, and ultimately a world, without homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and all other forms of oppression so that every person can achieve their full potential, free from hatred and bias. 


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