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.
How 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:
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.
Edmontonians are invited to pick up a plant, speak with an Elder and plant their tree as an act of reconciliation at Hawrelak Park.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a 30 minute walk to view seven different art installations focused on starting a conversation about residential schools.
Sharing literature on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous resilience.
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.
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: