The day honours the victims of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Click here to learn more about the Day and its history.
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
With the first annual Day commemorated in 2021, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation honours the victims and communities of the Canadian Residential School System. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.
This day also marks Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.
BC Rugby gratefully acknowledges that we live, work, and play the sport of Rugby on the traditional and unceded territories of Indigenous Peoples across all regions of British Columbia.
In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on Sport and Reconciliation (point #87 to #91) that focus on sport and public education, BC Rugby encourages all Rugby participants and community members to wear Orange and use this day as a time of acknowledgement, education and reflection on the tragic legacy left by the Canadian Residential School System. View the resources below to learn more, attend events, donate, and reach help lines.
How Can I Learn More?
Orange Shirt Day is an an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and community agencies to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Click here to learn more about the history of the Day and how it was established.
The Reconciliation Canada Community Action Toolkits are intended to provide you with some guidelines and ideas on how to start the reconciliation conversation. Click here to view the toolkits.
• 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
• The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
• Halfbreed by Maria Campbell
• The North-West is Our Mother by Jean Teillet
• They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars
BOOKS SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
• I Am Not a Number by Kathy Kacer
• Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
• A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret-Olemaun Pokiak-Fenton
• Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell
• When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson
What EVents Can I attend?
Live from Ottawa, CBC News Chief Correspondent Adrienne Arsenault hosts special coverage of the events to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This special event honours residential school survivors, their families and their communities, including a commemorative program from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, in association with APTN.
The papal visit in July 2022 resulted in mixed emotions for many Indigenous Peoples throughout the country. Join us on September 30th at 1:00 pm ET to hear directly from those who were involved in and affected by the Pope’s visit in Treaty Six Territory.
How Can I support?
The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. Click here to donate now.
Donations help the Orange Shirt Society raise awareness across Canada about the Indian Residential Schools. Click here to donate now.
To commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Government of Canada is offering a number of free promotional resources for public use. Click here to download images for use on social media or in activities. If sharing on social media, use the hashtag #NDTR.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society encourages you to take time to care for your Mental and Emotional well-being.
Call toll-free at 1-800-721-0066.
Former residential school students can call for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.
Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-866-925-4419.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer counselling and crisis intervention. It is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IRS RHSP) provides mental health and emotional support services directly to former students and their families as they participate in the different components of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Click here to learn more about the program.