ThoughtFarmer observes the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

ThoughtFarmer observes the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

ThoughtFarmer, along with many organizations across Canada, will be closed on September 30th to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Learn how you can learn, understand, and participate.

September 27, 2021

In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, September 30th is now a statutory holiday at ThoughtFarmer. This date coincides with Orange Shirt Day, commemorating Indigenous children who were forced to leave their families to attend residential schools.

We’re encouraging our staff and community members to make the most of this holiday. It’s an opportunity to learn, attend an event, and support local Indigenous businesses.

Ways to learn, understand, and participate

Take some time to read or listen

Enroll in an educational course

Use inclusive practices in your work

Participate in an event

Wear an orange shirt

Wearing an orange shirt (or hat, scarf, or any orange item) shows solidarity, honouring and remembering residential school survivors and those who did not survive. It’s a visual reminder that we still have much work to do towards reconciliation. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day and Phyllis Webstad by watching this short video.

Take a trip

Indigenous Peoples have called these lands home for millenia. You can support these organizations with a trip or day tour.

Destination Indigenous

Offering experiences to see the beauty of nature through Indigenous eyes and feel a deep connection by sharing Indigenous traditions and stories throughout BC. 

Talaysay Tours

Offering  Aboriginal cultural and eco-tourism experiences in and around Vancouver, Squamish, and the Sunshine Coast. 

Support local businesses.

Share a coffee, lunch, or dinner at any of the Indigenous-owned establishments in Vancouver.

Spirit Bear Coffee Company

Based in Port Coquitlam, their beans are sold at over 600 locations across Canada. The company sells a variety of espresso beans including “Raven'' (full of life and strength), “Eagle” medium roast (soaring flavour), and “Frog-Breakfast Blend” light roast (jump start your day).

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro

Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro is entirely Indigenous owned and operated. Their intention is to provide a “gathering place where the focus is on the people and the food”.  Their Urban Smoked Salmon Burger sounds amazing to us!

Mr. Bannock

Who doesn’t love a food truck? Mr. Bannock is “Vancouver’s first Indigenous food truck”. The menu boasts fresh local ingredients and ancient cooking methods.

Additional resources

Visit the resources page on the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website for even more ways to help commemorate the first National Truth and Reconciliation Day. 

Join us

We’re making a pledge to move towards reconciliation. Learn more about the initiatives we’re taking to support an inclusive workplace

Have questions? Get in touch! We're always happy to hear from you.