Honouring the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

STEPS Offices Closed to Observe Orange Shirt Day

STEPS will be closed on Friday, September 30, 2022 to remember the lost children and survivors of residential schools, as well as, to acknowledge the strength and resiliency of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Beyond this day, STEPS has an ongoing commitment to cultivating safe spaces for Indigenous voices to be heard along with paid opportunities for Indigenous artists and arts workers. 

As a community organization working in “public spaces” and on unceded “private” lands, STEPS wants to ensure that we take greater responsibility with respect to these spaces and to the people connected to them. We are committed to actively participate in the ongoing process of reconciliation, work with intention, and build partnerships with Indigenous cultural workers and artists in a thoughtful and appropriate way.

We are grateful to be learning as a member of the Indigenous Curatorial Collective (ICCA), through ongoing staff training on topics related to reconciliation, and from STEPS’ Indigenous Advisory Committee:

  • Bruno Canadien (Dene multi-disciplinary visual artist, Alberta)
  • Dee Barsy (Anishinaabe-Ojibwe painter and art educator, Manitoba)
  • Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe (Onkwehon:we / Anishinaabe artist & community developer, Ontario)
  • William Skura (Métis mental health, addictions, and Indigenous youth employment strategist, Ontario)

Today and every day, reconciliation involves concrete actions and continued commitment to listening and learning. We encourage all Canadians to reflect on the harms caused by residential schools in the country, and to take time to honour the survivors and their families by engaging with learning materials, events and workshops, and acts of solidarity that put Indigenous voices at the forefront.

We welcome any feedback, suggestions, and comments on how STEPS as an organization can enhance our commitment to reconciliation. To share your input, please contact Anjuli Solanki, Program Director, at anjuli@stepspublicart.org  

Learn about the Origin of Orange Shirt Day (September 30):

Research Indigenous histories in your area and hear from Indigenous perspectives that were silenced for years

Attend events and discussions that center Indigenous voices and narratives:

Donate to organizations that support Residential School Survivors, their families, and those dealing with Intergenerational traumas:

Header Image: From Weeds We Grow, Restoration of Relationship: ‘Gä•sweñta’: Two Row Wampum’ Beading Circle, led by Artist Lindsey Lickers, Mushkiiki Nibi Kwe (Medicine Water Woman)

Photo by: Mila Bright

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