Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Indigenous Peoples' Day

Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Indigenous Peoples' Day

September 24, 2022

Bible Verse

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (NIV)  Psalm 133:1

How do we encourage our children to live in unity with Indigenous peoples?

Do a deep dive, and check out these resources exploring First Nations, Metis and Inuit stories, histories, languages and media. Lead your family in the work of reconciliation and God’s call for healing and renewal.

Talk about reconciliation.

Every September, Canadians observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to both remember the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada and to encourage continued work toward reconciliation. Similarly, on the second Monday in October, the United States observes Indigenous Peoples' Day, a day to honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of Native American peoples. Both of these holidays are focused on the difficult work of reconciliation and are a good occasion to think about concrete ways we can answer God’s call to the ministry of reconciliation.

Explore faith and culture.

Spend time learning about Indigenous culture.

  • Visit local cultural centers and museums in your area for historical depictions of art, clothing, and artifacts of the original people of the land before it was settled. 
  • Explore the more recent history of Indigenous people and Indian Residential Schools by reading stories and watching video resources like I Am Not A Number and Shi-Shi-Etko. For young children, Molly of Denali's Grandpa's Drum approaches this history in an age-appropriate way. 
  • APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and its website) have some great authentically indigenous shows for kids that talk about the First Nations way of life.

  • Check out your library or child’s school to find out about age-appropriate books like The Sharing Circle by Theresa Larson-Jonasson (6-8 years), and The Mighty Muskrats Mysteries by Michael Hutchinson (9-12 years). Coffee table books that depict Native art can be great family conversation starters. Talk with your children about these resources as each explores cultural differences and a different way of walking with God.

  • Learn a few words in an Indigenous language. In Canada, many First Nations have shared their languages on the First Voices app. The app provides spelling, pronunciation, and games for children. You may also consider using Duolingo to learn the Hawaiian or Navajo languages.

Thanks to Creator God for the amazing picture of “every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-12).

Agnes Mastin and Holly Sperling

Agnes Mastin and Holly Sperling

Agnes Mastin was born to the Tse’khene Nation of McLeod Lake, BC in Canada. After coming to Christ, she immediately began her journey to find where her culture and faith in Christ could meet. Holly Sperling comes from a mixed European and Metis heritage of Manitoba. As a Christian educator, Holly loves to journey with her students as they discover their identity in Creator God. Both writers currently live, work and worship in Edmonton, Alberta. They believe God created people of different cultures, because he loves diversity in all things, and he delights in being worshiped and served in all kinds of ways by every tribe, nation and tongue.

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