Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30 and is a day of reflection and learning. Also known as Orange Shirt Day, it’s a day for Canadians to listen and learn about the atrocities of the Residential School system, and how the traumas visited upon the children and families then affect the very fabric of our nation today.

If you are looking for ways to connect and learn more, here are some resources you might find helpful.

Canada’s office page for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with links and resources listed.

Drum for the Children: Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling upon people around the world to gather–safely–to drum and sing for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools. Learn the drum song (from the video on their website) and join in on September 30 at 2:15pm.

Aboriginal Peoples website lists events in and around Vancouver/Lower Mainland and online.

Vancouver Is Awesome gives a short introduction to the new holiday and lists a few events.

The origin of Orange Shirt Day told in Phyllis Webstad’s own words: Orange Shirt day is an annual event held each September 30th in remembrance of the Canadian Residential School system and the impact of this government policy on First Nations. Phyllis Webstad presents her memories of Residential schools and the meaning of Orange Shirt Day.

UBC also has an extensive list of events.

Watch LIVE on CBC on September 30: JUNO Award-winning artist Elisapie hosts a special that honours the perspectives of Indigenous Peoples affected by the tragedies of the residential school system in Canada, with musical tributes and ceremonies in Indigenous communities across the land.

More CBC programs (TV and radio).

CBC article for parents: How to talk to your kids about Residential Schools.

A series of talks presented by the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Resource: Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action.

Looking for some in-depth learning? Try University of Alberta’s acclaimed MOOC (massive open online course) which explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.


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