National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This September 30 marks the first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, a day intended to allow us to take time to learn about the experience of residential schools, to listen to the stories of survivors, and join together to bring about change. 

On this day, we wear orange shirts to honor and remember those children lost to residential schools, witness the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and commit to the ongoing process of reconcilitation.

Royal Alberta Museum

Ways to take part:


Orange symbolizes strength and honors the true story of Phyllis Webstad, a residential school student survivor who on her first day had her orange shirt taken away from her.

Check out CBC Kids for a great child friendly resource that answers important questions like:

  • What are residential schools?
  • Why is September 30th a special date?
  • Why is it an orange shirt?
  • What does Orange Shirt Day represent?
  • What can you do?


A great show for dayhome providers to watch with their kids! Check out CBC Kids Channel on Youtube to learn about Indigenous heritage. 



Royal Alberta Musuem | Virtual Storytime 10:30AM

Virtual reading of Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola Campbell. Shi-Shi-Etko is a young girl who has four days before she leaves home for residential school. Her family has many teachings to share with her, about her culture and the land. 

High-Level Bridge Lighting 

The Bridge will be lit in orange to recognize the day and to encourage the city to reflect upon the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

Hawrelak Park | Roots for Trees Plant Giveaway 10AM to 2PM

Edmontonians are invited to pick up a plant, speak with an Elder and plant their tree as an act of reconciliation at Hawrelak Park.

Indigenous Art Park | Orange Shirt Day Run/Walk

Begins with a ceremony at 3PM, then with a run/walk at 4PM in support of those who did not survive the residential school era and for those who did. 

The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society partnered with the Assembly of Seven Generations, Project of Heart and Beechwood Cemetery

Bringing together a day of education, reflection, and action towards reconciliation and to honor residential school survivors and victims. Activities include book readings, film screenings, reconciling history walk tour led by guides including historian John Malloy, and an action table where you can participate.

Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society | Virtual Orange Shirt Day Event 1 to 4PM

Join the facebook live event, commemorating the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The day will include Honor Song, Smudge and Prayer, Residential School Survivors Stories, Circle Talk, and Crafts. 

Downie Wenjack Fund | Exploring What This Means For Reconciliation in Canada

Virtual Event (Video Available to Public September 30 on either Facebook or Youtube) – DWF President and CEO, Sarah Midanik will be hosting a discussion to explore this new holiday, the significance of September 30, what this means for reconciliation in Canada, and how we can participate meaningfully.



Fort Calgary | Live Stream City of Calgary Outdoor Ceremony 12PM

Ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Nenshi, a Siksika Elder, an Indigenous Canadian Army Veteran, leaders from the City, experts on generational trauma, and members of the City’s Indigenous Relations Office. Drumming and dancing performances will close the event.

Trellis Society | Expanding Our Relations : Oral concepts of understanding 1 to 3PM

Hear from an Elder, a Non-Indigenous ally, a frontline human service worker, a parent, and a youth. 

Prince Island Park | Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth IndigiTRAILS App Launch and Walking Tour

Take a 30 minute walk to view seven different art installations focused on starting a conversation about residential schools. 

University of Calgary | Virtual Indigenous Writers’ Panel: Literature on Intergenerational Trauma and Healing 12 to 1:30PM

Sharing literature on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous resilience.

Pokaik | The Children Orange Shirt Day Event

CIF Reconciliation Society, City of Calgary, Elders, and Community Members will be attending the event. The Memorial walk will start from the corner of 3rd ST & 8th AVE – downtown Calgary. Walking to Olymic Plaza, where afternoon events are planned. Everyone is welcome and this is a family-friendly event.

Southcentre Mall | CIFRS National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Art Exhibit 10AM to 8PM

All day family activities and crafts intended to promote understanding and awareness of Indigenous culture and experiences, while also educating the community about how they can play a role in reconciliation. Followed by a blessing ceremony and traditional dance and musical performance. 

Building and Structures that will be illuminated orange:

  • Arts Common
  • Calgary Tower
  • Glenbow Musuem
  • Historic City Hall
  • Olympic Plaza
  • Orange Ribbon Decals on All City Fleet
  • Reconciliation Bridge
  • Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
  • TELUS Spark Science Centre



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