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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Orange Square

Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. What’s more, this is Canada’s first.  

Canadians across the country are coming together to reflect on the injustices served on Indigenous peoples. This momentous day coincides with Orange Shirt Day (in honor of Indian residential school survivors and the thousands of children who never came home). Together, we are inciting responsibility and movement towards reconciliation.  

As settlers, our responsibility is to begin, and continue, educating ourselves while respecting and honoring Indigenous culture and history- always.  

National Residential School Crisis Line 

  • 1-866-925-4419 

For Further Education: 

  • Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Foundation 
    • “The Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund aims to build cultural understanding and create a path toward reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. [Their] goal is to improve the lives of Indigenous people by building awareness, education and connections between all peoples in Canada.” 
  • Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters
    • “[Orange Shirt Day]… events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.”
  • North Vancouver City Library 
    • “One of [the] City Library’s priorities is to honour Indigenous perspectives and practices in library services and programs. [They] do that in part through growing [their] collections and programming to help [their] community learn and grow together.” 
  • Museum of North Vancouver 
    • As part of MONOVA’s ongoing work to strengthen relationships with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, Indigenous Programmer Senaqwila Wyss has prepared a list of educational resources on residential schools and Indigenous history, language and culture, as well as a number of local businesses, authors, and charitable organizations worthy of your attention and support.” 
  • National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 
    • The NCTR is a place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the residential school experience will be honoured and kept safe for future generations.” 
  • Destination Indigenous
    • “Launched in 2020 by the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Destination Indigenous markets the best Indigenous tourism experiences from coast to coast to coast. Destination Indigenous opens doors into the living cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada today through Indigenous nature and wildlife tours, cultural sharing, accommodation and relaxation, culinary experiences, shopping and more.” 
  • Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada: the Original Original 
    • “The Original Original mark identifies that businesses have been vetted by ITAC including four key criteria: the business is at least 51 per cent Indigenous owned, it’s a business that embraces the values of Indigenous tourism, it offers a market of expert ready experience, and is an ITAC member.” 
  • On Canada Project
    • “Non-Indigenous folk who live in Canada benefit from the colonialism that happened here. That means we are all responsible for our personal role in reconciliation.”
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
  • Indian Residential School Survivor Society 
    • The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors.” 
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) 

September 30 Gatherings: 

In Person:  

  • Orange Shirt Day 
    • Location: Everywhere 
    • “The events were designed to commemorate the residential school experience, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, and to commit to the ongoing process of reconciliation.” 
  • UBC Intergenerational March 
    • Location: Vancouver 
    • “Join us for an intergenerational march to commemorate Orange Shirt Day.” 
  • Orange Shirt Day March  
    • Location: Vancouver 
    • “We are gathering with Elders and their families on Orange Shirt Day. We invite you all to join us on this important day to help raise awareness about residential schools and their lasting impact on Indigenous peoples. Every Child Matters. Wear your orange shirt in support.” 
  • Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters 
    • Location: North Vancouver 
    • 3:00pm 
    • RCMP Detachment (at the Strength and Remembrance Pole). 
    • 147 E 14th St E. North Vancouver, BC, V7L 2N4
    • “Inviting Nation members to join us in The Honoring of #215/Residential School Survivors.” 
  • Tsleil-Waututh Nation Pilgrimage Walk 
    • Location: North Vancouver 
    • “The Nation said it will be a time to honour and remember the children who attended St. Paul’s and those who did not return home… Along the journey, expected to take around two and half hours, the public is invited to create a wall of protection and line up along 3rd Street as well as Cotton Road in front of Park and Tilford.” 
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration 
    • Location: Squamish 
    • “We will be gathering as a community to honour, remember and pay our respects to the survivors of the residential schools and those who never made it home. We will also celebrate our resilience as Indigenous people’s and the resurgence and reclamation of our ancestral teachings.” 


  • The Inaugral National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Exploring what this means for reconciliation in Canada
    • In anticipation of the newly established federal day of reflection, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, many people in Canada have been wondering what this day means.  DWF President and CEO, Sarah Midanik, will be hosting a discussion to explore this new day of reflection, the significance of September 30, what this means for reconciliation in Canada, and how we can participate meaningfully.” 
  • A Day to Listen 
    • “In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, Bell Media, Corus Entertainment Inc., Rogers Sports & Media, Stingray Radio, and more, join together in an unprecedented collaboration to amplify, elevate, listen to, and learn from Indigenous voices with A Day to Listen.”