National Truth and Reconciliation Day 2023
September 30th, is National Truth and Reconciliation Day, also known as Orange Shirt Day.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a day for all Canadians to learn more about and reflect on the history of the residential school system.
It is a day to remember the painful experiences faced by children, families and their communities under the residential school system, honour the resilience, dignity and strength of survivors, and recognize the intergenerational trauma that still impacts Indigenous communities today.
This day also honours the Every Child Matters movement initiated by residential school survivor Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who as a child on her first day of residential school had her new orange shirt taken from her and never returned. Orange shirts are now worn to commemorate residential school survivors as well as those who did not return.
Here are some resources/events to make sure to check out:
The City of Calgary Orange Shirt Day event.
The Vancouver Public Library provides many resources, learn more here.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation (LHF) is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization that has been working to promote healing and Reconciliation in Canada for more than 19 years.
Orange Shirt Day Walking Tour in Calgary, on Sept. 30, 11 a.m.
Heritage Park National Truth and Reconciliation Day Event.
Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth – Remembering Our Children
Government of Canada National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Learn about ECO Canada’s BEAHR Program