CAPAL / ACBES Statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


September 30th, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in what-is- now-known as Canada. The Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians / L’Association Canadienne des Bibliothécaires en Enseignement Supérieur (CAPAL/ACBES) acknowledges the importance and significance of this day.

As an association we:

● Acknowledge the ongoing intergenerational trauma and harm that the residential school system has had and continues to have on Indigenous communities.
● Commit to centering, listening to, believing, celebrating, and uplifting Indigenous voices.
● Support the development and creation of Indigenous librarian positions within academic institutions that can provide programs, services, and initiatives that are grounded in Indigenous perspectives.

We encourage our membership to do the following:

● Use this day to deeply reflect on our roles in our institutions and how we can take concrete steps to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commisson’s Calls to Action.
● Wear orange in support of Orange Shirt Day and to acknowledge that every child matters.
● Acknowledge institutions and cities that are places of prior residential schools.
● Recognize academic libraries’ role in acknowledging and dismantling racist and colonialist structures in the academy but also learn to identify the ways in which we are complicit in upholding such structures.
● Cultivate our awareness and understanding of Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous data sovereignty, and Indigenous librarianship especially as these relate to the local, traditional and ancestral territories in which we live, work, and conduct research.

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