This Thursday, September 30, 2021, is the first federally recognized National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Empowered Startups’ offices will be closed that day as we pause, reflect, and learn about the devastating impact of the Indian Residential School System, and the harm it has perpetuated for Indigenous peoples. We encourage each of you, in your own way, to participate in the reconciliation process with open minds and hearts. This work is important and must be done for us to move forward together.
We encourage you to participate in educational and commemorative activities in your community, to listen to the stories of survivors, and to reflect in the manner that best suits you.
At Empowered Startups we are extremely fortunate to be working alongside Tanina Williams, the Indigenous knowledge keeper for our Empowered Nations program.
Tanina has shared a few ways that you can participate in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
- Join in a local event on Truth and Reconciliation – An example of a great option is the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. On Thursday, survivors from residential schools will speak. The Warrior song will be sung. Stories will be told.
- Learn about Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being by watching an Indigenous movie or tv series. Tanina recommends: Reservation Dogs on Disney+, Smoke Signals, the zombie movie Blood Quantum, or the documentary Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World on Apple TV.
- Start a new book by an Indigenous author. A great option is Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, or the children’s book I love, You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith. There are so many out there. Start exploring – there several award-winning Indigenous authors on Amazon.
- Learn more about the journey toward reconciliation by listening to this CBC Radio feature from former Senator and chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murray Sinclair.
Whether it’s through quiet reflection, participating in events, watching a film, reading a book, or sharing a conversation about reconciliation, we encourage you to recognize the traumatic legacy of residential schools and learn more.
About Empowered Startups
Empowered Startups is an Innovative Startup Incubator and foundry headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With offices in Canada, France, and Portugal, we train/mentor/ and network entrepreneurs to successfully launch new businesses in diverse markets. As a foundry we also conceive, build and launch our own products and solutions.
Empowered Startups is recognized by the Canadian Government as a designated start-up business incubator and is known internationally for growing ideas into sustainable businesses using both a virtual and on-site model. Empowered Startups mentors, accelerates, and incubates innovative domestic and global business ideas. Our training tools and mentorship are used and recognized by leading global university labs, Startup incubators, and innovation hubs.
Notable EdTech products under the Empowered Startups Umbrella: Young Empowered Startuppers (YES) – A fully integrated e-learning platform for high schools that guides teachers and students on an innovative entrepreneurial journey starting with an idea and ending with a viable and pitch ready venture, and Empowered Nations – providing specialized entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and tools through an Indigenous lens.