Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It honours the survivors of residential schools and the thousands of children who never returned home. Outside Calgary’s Municipal Building, at the base of the horse statue, sit hundreds of children’s shoes. The shoes are a temporary memorial representing the Indigenous children who died in residential schools from disease, malnutrition, and abuse. Acknowledging the tragic history and continued impacts of residential schools is an important step in the reconciliation process. The City of Calgary is working to create a permanent monument that will replace the one in the photo to ensure that the history and legacy of the schools are never forgotten.