September 30th, which has long been recognized as Orange Shirt Day, this year marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The national holiday is a time to reflect on our shared history, consider our role in reconciliation, and take some time for learning from Indigenous voices.
Resources for Understanding and Reflection
Looking to begin your learning journey? Get a start with these creative and interactive resources on the Government of Canada website. Learn about Indigenous culture through music, recipes, crafts, and other activities.
The National Film Board of Canada is featuring Indigenous Cinema all week. Browse the collection of short- and full-length Indigenous-made films.
If you’d like to dive deeper, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada issued 94 recommended ‘calls to action’ in order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation. Read the Calls to Action.
Events & Things to Do
Museum of Vancouver
The Museum of Vancouver is offering free admission to anyone wearing an orange shirt to remember the legacy of residential schools. Check out the new exhibit, Indigeneity Rising, which features works which celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of Indigenous identity today.
Orange Shirt Day – Brittania Centre
Thursday, September 30
9 am – 2 pm
Brittania Centre is hosting an Orange Shirt Day gathering with Elders and their families. A group will assemble at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and walk to Grandview Park. There will be a ceremony followed by activities including lunch, a drum circle, and crafting. You are invited to join and help raise awareness about Residential Schools and their lasting impact in Indigenous Peoples. Wear your orange shirt in support.
Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ
Thursday, September 30
Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery. In a blending of ‘western’ and Coast Salish performance, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ asks us all to always remember and by doing so begin the work towards true reconciliation and redress.