September 30th – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The eagle represents First Nations
The narwhal represents Inuit
The beaded flower represents Metis
The circle represents being together in reconciliation
The orange colour represents truth telling and healing
Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This day is meant to honour 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.
Wear Orange – Orange Shirt Day is an indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.
Activities in the Lower Mainland:
Kwikwetlem Walk for Reconciliation
- 09:30 am Meet outside of Community Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
- 10:00 am Walk for Truth & Reconciliation with members and staff.
- 12:00 pm End of walk.
WHEN: Friday September 29th, 9:30am – 12pm
WHERE: ƛ̓éxətəm Regional Park – pronounced tla-hut-um (formerly Colony Farm Regional Park)
Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day
Anyone in solidarity is welcome to join this intergenerational march, with the aim of education of and support to the Indigenous community on UBC’s campus and beyond. Younger participants are encouraged to connect with the original inhabitants with the hope of encouraging future conversations about this difficult time in Canadian history.
WHEN: Saturday September 20th, 12 – 3pm
WHERE: Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre
Canada at UBC, 1985 Learners’ Walk, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society’s Orange T-Shirt Event at Trout Lake
Everyone is invited to join in the program to honour the survivors of the Indian Residential School System and all lost children. If you’re interested in helping out please call 604-646-4944.
WHEN: Saturday September 30th, 1 – 4pm
WHERE: Gravel Field at John Hendry Park, Trout Lake Community Centre
Teaching Pow Wow: Voices of our Children
Spirit of the Children Society and the City of New Westminster is welcoming the public to this event to honour all the children that went to residential schools and those that never made it home. There will be speakers, dancers and drumming. They ask that you do not record footage or photograph ceremony. There will also be food trucks available and concession on site, along with indigenous vendors.
WHEN: Saturday September 30th, 12pm – 4pm
Truth and Reconciliation Day in Maple Ridge
This collaborative community event is hosted by PLEA, Katzie First Nation, Fraser River Indigenous Society and BC Spokes. The theme of this year’s event is “The Healing Through Drumming”. The event with feature indigenous performers, orange shirt painting, drum circles, a variety of vendors and the creation of a community art project.
WHEN: Saturday September 30th, 10am – 2:30pm
WHERE: Memorial Peace Park, 11968 224th St. Maple Ridge