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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Sep 30)

What actions will you take to mark Canada’s third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30? Here are a few ideas […]

Canada’s third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30, 2023.

Although reconciliation demands large-scale systemic change, I believe that individual behaviour is also an important contributor. Many of us may intend to support reconciliation, but we may fall short in actually taking action. From behavioural science, we know some tools that can help us overcome this intention-action gap. Here are a few things I’m thinking about this year:

  • Set deadlines and then set reminders prior to those deadlines. Whether it’s signing up for the Indigenous Canada course and actually completing the lessons, learning the history of where you live, or another action, make a concrete plan for when and how you’ll move forward.
  • Be vocal about what you’re doing. Social proof is powerful. If you tell others about what you’re learning, the events you’re attending, or the actions you’re taking, you may inspire others to follow suit.
  • Choose something that resonates with you to help you get started. As Stephanie Papik suggested in one of her amazing podcast episodes, we all have different paths toward reconciliation.

Here are some evergreen recommendations for actions you can take any time:

Lastly, leading up to Orange Shirt Day, check out events in your area. Here’s what’s going on at UBC:

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