Canadian Reconciliation Barometer

Boozhoo, tansi, kíl ‘láa, & hello from our team!

Orange Shirt Day reminds us of the importance of reflecting on and learning about the impact of Residential Schools as well as other past and ongoing hardships. To honor the day, we’re releasing this infographic to highlight some findings from our latest poll of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.

We felt encouraged to see that people’s awareness of Residential Schools has significantly increased since the spring of 2021, among Indigenous people and especially among non-Indigenous people. We were also encouraged to see that the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples’ awareness of Residential Schools is closing. We believe that closing knowledge gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is a sign of reconciliation progress.

In the latest poll, we also asked people some new questions about their knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry’s Calls to Justice. Most people in Canada have at least some awareness of each of these important topics, but there’s a long way to go until everyone does—especially UNDRIP. Just like with awareness of Residential Schools, Indigenous people know more about these topics than non-Indigenous people.

Together, these findings highlight that people’s awareness has increased, but more learning is needed. As we’ll share in our upcoming 2022 Report, most people don’t know very much about these topics.

Best wishes,
The Canadian Reconciliation Barometer Team