The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which occurs on September 30 each year, is a significant day for Indigenous people in Canada. However, the weight of truth and reconciliation is something that Indigenous people carry with them every day. Indigenous people often experience a lot of pain and trauma that they are trying to navigate through. Leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous people engage in a lot of emotional labor. They are asked by friends, co-workers, and organizations about how to mark the day and where to find resources or events. While it is beneficial to share this information, it can also be taxing. Many Indigenous people are involved in organizing events or speaking on the day itself, but they also recognize the need for self-care. This day is heavy for Indigenous people because of the lasting impacts of colonialism and intergenerational trauma caused by the Indian residential school system. Some Indigenous people find healing through activities such as dance, prayer, or spending time with family. It is important for Indigenous individuals to prioritize their own well-being and take time to care for themselves on this day.
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