September 30th, 2021 marks Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the legacy of the residential school system. In operation from 1831 to 1996, with a mandate to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture, the impact of the schools continues to be felt today by survivors, their families, and their communities.
The Canadian Philosophical Association recognizes the legacy of the residential school system. We reaffirm our commitment to confronting any contribution of our discipline to this injustice, and we acknowledge our responsibility as scholars to advance our reconciliation efforts to establish respectful relationships with Indigenous Canadians and work towards a more just society.