Friday, September 30 is the federal government's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It's also Orange Shirt Day, originating in a story shared by Phyllis Webstad of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation about having her clothing — including a shiny orange shirt that she loved — taken from her when she arrived at residential school.
This is a day for all of us to honour the memories of the Indigenous children who never made it back to their homes, as well as the survivors, families and communities that still carry the grief and pain that are the legacy of the residential school system. It's also an occasion for us to reflect on our own places in the colonial systems that gave rise to that system and that endure to this day — and to learn how we can do more to dismantle those systems and pursue a path of truth and reconciliation.
We strongly encourage you to attend one or more of the events in the list below, happening in communities across our province as well as online. And in addition, you can donate to the Orange Shirt Society directly by sending an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society https://www.irsss.ca/.
We hope to see many of you on September 30!
Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022: Remembering the Children: Through September 29 Online.
*This resource is meant for educators and their students.
It's Our Time – Education Toolkit. Learning Modules: Ongoing, no end date. Available online.
September 30 Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters "Canada's National Day For Truth And Reconciliation": Ongoing, no end date. Available Online.
Personal Pledge of Reconciliation: Ongoing. No end date. Online.
Indigenous Canada: Free Online Course: No end date. University of Alberta, available online.
Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation: Priscilla Omulo. Launches Friday, September 30. Kinsmen Hall Port Coquitlam BC. Online component.
Indian Horse: Film Night for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 -8:10 pm. Bowen Island Public Library 430 Bowen Island Trunk Rd. More info.
Be the change you want to see: With Christine Mackenzie: Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm –3:00 pm. 1120 Brunette Ave. More info.
Truth and Reconciliation Day at Memorial Peace Park: Friday, September 30, 10:00 – 2:00 pm 11900 224 Street. More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Westminster Pier Park: Friday, September 30, 3:00-6:00 pm. Westminster Pier Park 1 6th Street. More info.
On Truth and Reconciliation with James Harry: Friday, September 30, 1:00 -2:30 pm Griffin Art Projects 1174 Welch St. Free. More info.
Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation: Priscilla Omulo. Through October 16th. Kinsmen Hall Port Coquitlam BC. Port Coquitlam Reflective Space in Blakeburn Lagoon. More info.
Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day Vigil): Friday, September 30, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm Pitt Meadows United Church. Harris Rd. at Ford Rd. More info.
Day of Truth & Reconciliation: PoMoArts Interactive Community Art Project: Friday, September 30, 12:00 pm. Noons Creek Hatchery 336 Ioco Rd. More info.
National Day For Truth & Reconciliation Commemoration Honouring Our Children & Survivors: Friday, September 30, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. O'siyam Pavillion. More info.
Skookum Surrey: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 2:00 pm. Holland Park. More info.
Friday, September 30th Film Screening: Unceded Chiefs: Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm South Surrey Recreation Centre 14601 20th Ave. More info.
Roots Dwellers Presents IRSSS Fundraiser: Friday, September 30, 7:00 -11:30 pm. The Anza Club 3 W 8th Ave.. Tickets $21.51. More info.
Truth and Reconciliation Smudging Ceremony: Thursday, September 29, 12:00 pm Marpole Neighborhood House 8585 Hudson Street. More info.
Indigenous Pop Up Market and 215 Vigil: Friday, September 30, 9:00 am –9:00pm Vancouver Art Gallery. More info.
Reconciliation Through Community: Wednesday September 28, 3:00pm – 6:00 pm 1060 Howe St. Free. More info.
Orange Shirt Day: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Thursday, September 29, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Frog Hollow Neighborhood House. 2131 Renfrew St. More info.
Orange Shirt Day event at Templeton Welcome Garden: Friday, September 30, 2:00 –5:00 pm Templeton Welcome Garden. 700 Templeton Drive. More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. More info.
Semiahmoo First Nation Flag Raising at White Rock City Hall: Friday, September 30, 10:00 – 11:00 am. on the west side of City Hall near the cenotaph. 15322 Buena Vista Ave. More info.
Walk for Truth and Reconciliation, Friday, September 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Beginning at the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Memorial Plaza 15400 Marine Drive) and proceeding to the Spirit Stage in Semiahmoo Park (15782 Marine Drive). Free parking is available at Semiahmoo Park. More info.
Che' Semiahmah-Sen, Che' Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si'am (I am Semiahmoo, I am Survivor of the Flood) Exhibit at the White Rock Museum & Archives: Through October 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday). More info.
Wear Orange Every Child Matters t-shirts: Sale featuring Semiahmoo First Nation artwork, will be available for sale at City Hall, the White Rock Community Centre, Centennial Arena, and Kent Street Activity Centre the week of Sep. 26 and for purchase at Semiahmoo Park on Sept. 30. More info.
StoryWalk: Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts'ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa (Great Gramma's Lake): Friday September 23 -Saturday October 1, 9:00 am -5:00 pm. 32320 George Ferguson Way. Free. More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Healing Walk: Friday, September 30, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Vancouver Career College 101-2121 Clearbrook Rd. More info.
Health & Wellness Pow Wow: Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and Saturday October 1, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm. 46363 Yale Rd E. More info.
National Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: Friday, September 30, 11:00 am Fraser River Heritage Park. More info.
September 30 | Xyemstem Xwexwéyt re Kwséltktens-kt: Friday, September 30, 2:00 pm. Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument. 330 Chief Alex Thomas Way. More info.
Truth and Reconciliation: (Un)learn with Kelowna Museums: Friday, September 30, 12:00 -4:00 pm. Okanagan Heritage Museum 470 Queensway. By donation. More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 2:00 -4:00 pm The Museum and Archives of Vernon 3009 32nd Ave. Free. More info.
North Central, North Coast, North East
Fort St. John
Every Child Matters Walk and Barbecue: Friday, September 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Centennial Park. (Tea and round dance to follow). More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event: Friday September 30, 2:00 pm -3:00pm Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park 17th Ave. Free. More info.
Pole Raising and Commemorative Walk: Friday September 30, 11:00 am (pole Raising) at Kermode Friendship Centre. Walk with Tears to Hope Society from George Little Park 3:30 pm. More info.
9th Annual Orange Shirt Day: Friday September 30, 8:00 am. Williams Lake Stampede Grounds. More info.
Truth and Reconciliation Walk: Friday, September 30, 1:15 pm Beginning at the Civic Centre and walking to Platzl ?aq'am Nasu?kin. More info.
Children's Heartbeat Parade: Thursday, September 29, 9:30 –11:30 am. Trafalgar Middle School Athletic Field. More info.
Community Event Hosted by Kootenay Metis: Friday September 30 1:00 –4:00 pm. Lakeside park Rotary Shelter. More info.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday September 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Stadium District 745 Third Street. Free. More info.
Truth Before Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 4:30 -7:30 pm Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. Tickets by donation. More info.
South Island Pow Wow 2022: Friday, September 30, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 6:00 pm -12:00 am Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave. Free. More info.
Meet the Author: This House is not a Home: Friday, September 30, 5:00 pm 207 Government Street. More info.