The Magazine Association of BC is observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation today, September 30, 2021. This is the first year that September 30, also known as Orange Shirt Day, has been added to the Canada Labour Code as a new federal day of reflection.
As MagsBC is committed to reflection and reconciliation, we have put together a short list of resources showcasing Indigenous voices and experiences so that settlers may learn about Indigenous world views, issues and perspectives:
Treat Truth and Reconciliation Day like Remembrance Day by Abby Francis, qathet Living.
Abby Francis is an 18-year-old member of the Tla’amin Nation working for qathet Living as their Local Journalism Initiative Reporter. Abby plans to attend BCIT’s broadcasting and online journalism program next year. She’s also passionate about photography and will also enrol in their digital photography program.
FOLD Challenge 2020: An Audiobook by an Indigenous Author, Festival of Literary Diversity.
Resisting ‘CanLit’: West Coast Indigenous Writers – video of panel with Joanne Arnott and Gunargie O’Sullivan, moderated by Larry Nicholson, at Word Vancouver 2017, organized by MagsBC.
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs – resources, events, activities, etc.
Indian Residential School Survivors Society – services, 24/7 crisis support.
MagsBC maintains its commitment to greater inclusivity, diversity, accountability, and accessibility for all historically disenfranchised groups.
In addition to the resources on Truth and Reconciliation above, we also have resource sections on our website on accountability, diversity, disability, mental health, cultural appropriation, harassment, and more. We have also just released a report with the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) on our 2021 Canada-wide survey on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the magazine industry. You can read French and English summaries of the above report on AMPA’s website.