Truth & Reconciliation Resources

Reconciliation Committee Mission

Temple-Emanu-El-Beth Sholom has a role to promote activities and initiatives as acts of reconciliation at an organizational level, while encouraging our members to perform individual acts. We aim to build community relationships with the local Kanien’kehá ka nation to position ourselves as ally in their activism in Quebec and the rest of Canada in 3 ways:

Learn more about the history of Tiohtià:ke (Montreal) and acknowledge Temple's location in the form of a Land Acknowledgement

Education: promote initiatives that serve to educate our community on the realities facing Indigenous communities in Quebec and Canada

Establish relationships with local indigenous organizations and support their efforts and position ourselves as an ally and advocate.

Land Acknowledgement

March 17, 2022

Kol Nidre, September 2021
Empty Shoes, Rabbi Lisa Frushcow, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom

Click here to read the full sermon in English.
Click here to read the full sermon in French.

Deborah Corber, “Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples: Not Just for Governments”
August 10, 2021

LIST OF RESOURCES

Books

Thinking of purchasing a book by a First Nation author?  If so, we encourage you to purchase from Strong Nation, an Indigenous-owned and operated online Book and Gift store, as well as a Publishing house. 

Non-fiction
  • I Lost My Talk, Rita Joe
  • 21 things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality, Bob Joseph
  • We All Go Back to the Land: The Who, Why, and How of Land Acknowledgments, Suzanne Keeptwo
  • The Inconvenient Indian, Thomas King
  • They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School, Bev Sellars
  • Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga
  • Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Unreconciled: Family Truth and Indigenous Resistance, Jesse Wente
fiction
  • Five Little Indians, Michelle Good
  • Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese

Multimedia: Film, Theatre, Podcast

Indigenous clothing (orange shirts and streetwear)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

September 30th - National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Small steps can lead to big changes, so we encourage you to consider personal acts of reconciliation, such as reading a book, watching a documentary, or supporting Indigenous-owned businesses. There are many resources available; we have compiled a list to help you get started. This Indigenous Ally Toolkit [PDF] is a good place to start.

Government calls to action

Every Child Matter Rally September 30th

On this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) call upon community members and youth, and invite you to walk with them to acknowledge that “All Children Matter”.
For more details, visit them here on Facebook.