National Day for Truth and Reconciliation a time for reflection, learning
Sept. 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day
Trigger warning: residential schools, death
On Sept. 30, we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, a day focused on commemoration and reflection, on acknowledging the past and present, and on committing to making a difference now and into the future.
Most importantly for us as educators, it is a day for learning and discovery that continues throughout our lives. It is about listening and truly hearing; it is about opening our hearts and our minds; it is about trying to do better.
By individually and publicly commemorating the history and legacy of residential schools, we are taking a small step in our collective reconciliation journey.
I encourage you to join in this effort in your own way, by participating in an event, reading a book, watching a film, or exploring some of the many resources available below, and those of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.
To mark this day, we have raised the orange “Every Child Matters” flag at our campus in Athabasca, demonstrating our commitment to remembrance, to learning, and to ongoing reconciliation. Please join us in this journey.
Dr. Alex Clark, President
Banner image: A beaded AU medallion created by Alexandra Roy and Dione Rain of Paul’s First Nation.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day events
- National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony, presented by Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society
- Orange Shirt Day Run and Walk with Root for Trees
- Nékem: Honouring National Day For Truth and Reconciliation
- Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- Four Winds Indigenous market and showcase
- The Elders Story Project
- National Film Board: Indigenous film screenings
- Orange Shirt walking tour
- Tall Feathers workshop
- Bones of Crows film screening
Teachings and resources
I urge all members of the AU community to take a moment to learn and reflect on Sept. 30. Here are some important resources compiled by our colleagues in Nukskahtowin:
- Orange Shirt Day
- What is Orange Shirt Day? (CBC Kids)
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, University of Manitoba
- Truth and Reconciliation Week, Sept. 25-30 (virtual events)
- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report
- Athabasca University Library and Scholarly Resources’s Indigenous Studies Guide: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- AU Press book recommendations to learn about Indigenous Peoples and culture
- 48 books by Indigenous writers to read to understand residential schools (CBC News)
- Indian Horse (Netflix)
- Residential Schools (National Film Board of Canada)
- Residential Schools (Vimeo)
- Canadian history and the Residential school system (YouTube)
- Movies (IMDB)