August 25, 2021
MENTOR Canada recognizes September as an acknowledgement & celebration of Indigenous Youth Mentoring
We are excited to share our plans for September which will recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day and promote mentoring for Indigenous Youth.
September 30th is National Truth and Reconciliation Day, a new federal statutory holiday. It is also referred to as Orange Shirt Day. This day is an opportunity to reflect on the tragic legacy of Canada’s residential schools and how our work can support reconciliation and Indigenous Youth.
MENTOR Canada believes it is critical that we come together as a nation and as a sector to honour National Truth and Reconciliation with awareness, education, and action.
Throughout the month of September, MENTOR Canada will raise awareness through a social media campaign featuring lived experiences, knowledge mobilization, and profiling artwork created by Indigenous Youth for the Alberta Mentoring Partnership’s 2021 Indigenous Art Contest. We will also be promoting the work of Indigenous Youth serving organizations and programs.
Indigenous Youth need mentors.
In September, we will be actively recruiting mentors for Indigenous Youth. In partnership with Deloitte and Starbucks, we will also be hosting a Power of Mentoring event for Indigenous Youth on September 28.
How can I get involved?
- Help promote our September 28 Power of Mentoring event. If you know an Indigenous Youth, age 18-30, who may be interested in participating, please download our social media tile and share this registration link.
- On September 23, we will be sharing a toolkit of resources to help you and your organization recognize National Truth and Reconciliation week.
- On September 30, every MENTOR Canada team member will wear an Orange Shirt and reflect on the importance of the holiday. We invite you to join us. Post your selfies on social media #EveryChildMatters #OrangeShirtDay and #PowerofMentoring
- Follow us on social media and share our National Truth and Reconciliation Month posts
We encourage all people across Canada to honour September 30th, the 1st National Truth and Reconciliation Day. Please encourage the people in your community to take time to reflect on Canada’s history with Indigenous People and how we can build a better Canada together through reconciliation.