September 30—a time for reflection and observation for the RAIC | Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

September 30—a time for reflection and observation for the RAIC

The RAIC is observing the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, on September 30, 2021. It is our intention to take this time to recognize, reflect, and commemorate the dark and harmful history of residential schools in Canada and the lasting and inter-generational impact they have had on First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. 

While reflecting on the past, we acknowledge the role that architects, and architecture, had in the formation and implementation of residential schools across the country. We implore practitioners in our profession to consider the impact of their work on marginalized communities and strongly advocate against becoming involved in projects that violate the tenets of universal human rights.

As we move forward, the RAIC remains committed to further developing and implementing a Reconciliation Action plan. Through this, our organization will continue to work with Indigenous members, architects, communities, and organizations to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

For more information and resource on the ongoing work toward reconciliation, please visit: 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

APTN: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance

How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on CBC

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