National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2023

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, honours Survivors of residential schools, the children who never returned home, their families and communities. Collective commemoration of our tragic and painful history, and the effects of residential schools, is a vital component of the reconciliation process. 

Beadwork for healing

To approach how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples can heal together, our team collaborated with the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center (KORLCC) to seek how different art forms can bring about this healing. In this video, Elder Geraldine Standup explains how beadwork brings about healing from a place of stillness. “Artwork comes from a place of stillness; it comes from your inner being. It’s a form of meditation, and it allows you to travel deeply into your own psyche.”  

The younger generation in Kahnawake keeps this tradition, passed down from woman-to-woman, alive. Candace Kahnekanonha Snook and Billie Jo Ratt, two artists, prepared beadworks for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  

We invite you to learn more about their work here, as we commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 

“Truth and Reconciliation is telling the whole truth of what happened, believing the trauma they endured and recovering the bones of children that remain unearthed.” – Billie Jo Ratt

Angel Horn is a photographer from Kahnawake. Her work celebrates her community and has been featured on CBC. Follow her Orange Shirt Day photo series.