September 30th marks the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as well as Orange Shirt Day. We have put together a list of resources + events happening around the city for you to hold space and move forward through awareness, action, participation and leadership.
Friendly reminder that this coming Friday is not a "holiday" - it is a day to set aside so that we can get involved, learn + do the work. See below for our recommendations of how to spend the National Day for Truth + Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION?
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.
WHAT IS ORANGE SHIRT DAY?
Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. Learn more about Orange Shirt Day.
GET INVOLVED: Attend ceremonies happening in our community. Here are some events taking place on Friday, Sept 29th + Saturday, Sept 30th.
- Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day – head over anytime between 11:45am and 3:00pm for educational activities, try freshly made bannock, and purchase t-shirts.
- Trout Lake Community Gathering from 1:00pm until 4:00pm
- Attend a theatrical, multimedia story-telling performance: Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children. Tickets are purchased by donation.
- Check out incredible murals by Indigenous Artists around Vancouver
- Support Indigenous music artists at Anza Club in Mount Pleasant - Sept 29th
- Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada's Past
- Kiss of the Fur Queen
- The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
START YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. See below for some of our recommendations to begin your education towards Truth and Reconciliation.