Truth & Reconciliation Resources

Most of the resources on this page are the result of the work of CUPE 23 members at Burnaby Public Library. The members of the BPL Indigenous Initiatives Working Group who’s purpose is to develop and implement activities within the three development areas: Internal Learning, Organizational change, community engagement & activities for the public. We are grateful for their work and permission to share it with you.


Government of Canada – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


The unceded land we are on:

*Unceded Indigenous territory or homelands refers to Indigenous lands over which no treaties have been signed between First Nations and the Crown

Guides & Terminology:

BC History: 

Truth and Reconciliation:

Indigenizing Libraries:



JANUARY 26, 2017 —
After a long journey of healing, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)’s Bentwood Box has finally made it home.
Commissioned in 2009, the Box spent years traveling the country with the TRC, collecting items from Residential School Survivors relating to their personal journeys. More recently, the Box was featured at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in an exhibit on Truth and Reconciliation.
On Jan. 25, Residential School Survivors, Indigenous Elders and the Box’s carver, Coast Salish artist Luke Marston, came together to welcome the Box to its new permanent residence at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba, where it will continue to be a symbol of hope.