Your Guide to Truth and Reconciliation Week

For years now, September 30 has been known as Orange Shirt Day, a day that is meant to recognize the tragic history and the lasting effects of the residential school system. Every September, we mark the time of year when Indigenous children were forced to leave home to attend residential schools. 

This year, September 30 is also the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This new statutory holiday is a moment for us to pause and reflect on the ongoing legacy of residential schools, listen to and learn from Survivors, and honour the children who did not come home. It’s also a chance to participate in Reconciliation in your community. 

Looking to get involved and learn? Here is a list of events and opportunities to participate:

 

  • Our friends at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation have developed a full slate of events for Truth and Reconciliation Week. From September 27 to October 1, there will be incredible opportunities to learn from Survivors, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, including a session on September 30 by Phyllis Webstad, the creator of Orange Shirt Day
  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will broadcast and stream live September 30 at 8 pm EDT/MDT/PDT (9 PM ADT and 9:30 PM NDT) on APTN, CBC, CBC Gem, ICI TÉLÉ and ICI TOU.TV
  • Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance, an event held by the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada, will hold a ceremony and activities in Ottawa on September 30
  • If you are located in Ottawa, the city has put together a list of activities you can take part in to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • On September 30 at 2:15 pm PDT, there will be drumming from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation
  • On September 30, there is a call to #LightTurtleIslandOrange: people can share photos of their orange lights, orange shirts, or other Orange Shirt Day commemorations using this hashtag (#IlluminerIleTortueOrange in French)
  • On September 30 at 2 pm PDT, the West Vancouver Library is holding a virtual viewing of the film Chaakapesh, a story told in Cree, Innu, and Inuktitut about a trickster who sets out to stop the massacre of his people by white settlers by teaching the settlers to laugh
  • Our friends at the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund are hosting a discussion with notable speakers that will be available to the public on September 30 

We of course encourage you to purchase an orange shirt to wear on September 30 from Indigenous retailers and funds, including:

Finally, it is always important to continually educate ourselves on the history of residential schools and the importance of Reconciliation. Here are some of our favourite resources:


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