Truth and Reconciliation

ADRA’s Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

The federal and provincial governments formally recognize September 30th as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which coincides with Orange Shirt Day. The day honours survivors and those who lost their lives while attending residential schools, affected families, as well as our Indigenous communities. The day is an opportunity for reflection and awareness building about the historical impacts of residential schools and current colonial policies and practices and a chance to take action to heal and build a better future together.

Unmarked Graves

ADRA Canada mourns with the families following the discovery of the mass, unmarked graves of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country. This horrific event reminds us of the troubled relationship that Canada continues to navigate with the Indigenous Nations who pre-existed its founding. It presents an opportunity to acknowledge the truth of past and present injustices, see the resilience of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, and embark on a journey of reconciliation to create a better Canada for all.

Land Acknowledgement

ADRA Canada is situated within the traditional and treaty territory of the Mississaugas and Chippewas of the Anishinabeg, known today as the Williams Treaties First Nations. Our work on these lands acknowledges their resilience and their longstanding contributions to the area now known as the Municipality of Clarington.

Our Commitment

At ADRA Canada, our mission is to work in Canada and worldwide with vulnerable people groups who are subject to poverty, violence, and distress through no fault of their own. As we strive to meet our purpose, “To serve humanity so all may live as God intended,” we cannot accomplish this without acknowledging the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. We at ADRA are committed to listening, learning, and building relationships with our Indigenous brothers and sisters and pledge our continued support to Indigenous communities.

Standing in Solidarity,

Steve Matthews
Executive Director


Resources for Reconciliation:

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

Project of Heart:

Facing History:

National Indian Residential School Crisis Line (24-hour): 1-866 925-4419

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 /