Truth and Reconciliation

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Indigenous Authors on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Premiering September 30 at 9 am.

Join bestselling, award-winning children’s authors David A. Robertson (The Barren GroundsOn the Trapline), Melanie Florence (Stolen WordsJust Lucky), and Jay Odjick (illustrator of Blackflies and Bear for Breakfast, written by Robert Munsch) for this special prerecorded library presentation, premiering on September 30.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Activities

Pickering Central Library Open on September 30, 2021

Central Library will be open on September 30, from 9:30 am to 7 pm.

Passive activities for families featuring books by Monique Gray Smith, My Heart Fills with Happiness, opens a new window and You Hold Me Up, opens a new window will be available.


Orange Ribbon of Hope

Remember children lost in residential schools by adding an orange ribbon to one of the 4 Ribbons of Hope displays located in the four corners of Pickering.

Esplanade Park | George Ashe Library & Community Centre | Claremont Memorial Park | Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park

Additional Ribbons will be available at Pickering library branches while supplies last.


Bring your own ribbon any time, or join staff and residents to tie a ribbon

Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Claremont Memorial Park 2:00 – 4:00 pm


Reflect and Take Action

Visit and use resources to learn about residential schools and the impacts on indigenous peoples.


Spirit Bear's Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Call to Action Guide:, opens a new window


Let's Talk Pickering: Children of the Residential School System

Use this digital story space to leave words of condolence, support, personal anecdotes, photos of your ribbon or shoe display, or any information, knowledge or resources that may be helpful to those impacted by the reporting of children's remains at Canadian residential school sites.

Truth and Reconciliation Readings

Durham Indigenous Voices Series

Durham Region public libraries, Durham College, Ontario Tech University, DCSI, OTSU, Durham College/Ontario Tech Library, and the Region of Durham hosted a collaborative four-part panel discussion with Indigenous peoples and First Nations from the Durham Region. Below are recordings of the panels.

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