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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2022 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Events

Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30 public events are taking place throughout Canada in recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day. Check out some of the BC events listed on this page — great opportunities for you and your family to participate, learn, reflect and connect.

Wearing an orange shirt on September 30 is one way to acknowledge the harmful legacy of residential schools on Indigenous children, their families and their communities. The story behind Orange Shirt Day comes from Phyllis Webstad who shares her experience as a child on her first day at a residential school. Another way to show support is to contribute to Indigenous-led programs and initiatives, such as Orange Shirt Day and the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.

NATIONAL DAY FOR TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION EVENTS IN BC
September 2022

Do you know of other events we can list? Please email  at the Fraser Basin Council and include a link to event information. Thank you!


CBC and APTN on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (TV)

Multiple specials and movies will be scheduled for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on CBC, APTN and other stations – please check local listings.

Highlights:


Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish)

September 30 – October 2, 2022 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free admission all weekend

Visit the Centre for self-guided tours, speakers, culture sharing and films for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Learn more


Remembering the Children (National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Online)

September 26-30 2022
Free

Here is a full program of online learning events for students of all ages in September.

Learn more and register


Culture Days Events

Culture Days has set aside September 30, 2022 to create space exclusively for events commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Here are some of those events in BC:

Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation (Port Coquitlam)

Kinsmen Hall, Port Coquitlam, BC
September 30 - October 16, 2022
Culture Days
Free

Priscilla Omulo is a Tsartlip First Nations and a visitor on Kwikwetlem territory. Throughout the day, she will guide participants to ask questions, engage in reflection and ignite their creativity, while teaching how to weave hearts with cedar, using traditional techniques.

Learn more


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Vernon)

Museum and Archives of Vernon, Vernon
Sept 30, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Culture Days
Free

Visit the museum for a special exhibition and short films. There will also be a discussion circle (registration required).

Learn more


TRC Calls to Action: A Participatory Reading (Vernon)

Vernon City Hall
September 30, 2022 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Culture Days
Admission by donation

Join in a participatory reading of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This event will be help on the grounds of Vernon City Hall.

Learn more and register


On Truth and Reconciliation: Indigenous artist James Harry discusses his project with SOS Village

Online
Griffin Art Projects
September 30, 2022 | 1:00-2:30 pm
Culture Days
Free

Join the most recent awardee of GRIFFIN’S Indigenous Studio Award, artist James Harry, for a talk about his most recent piece for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, in collaboration with SOS Children’s Village.

Learn more and register


StoryWalk: Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts'ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa (Great Gramma's Lake) (Abbotsford)

Clearbrook Library, Abbotsford
September 23 – October 1, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
September 24 event for children (1:00-4:00 pm)
Culture Days
Free

Come by the library outdoors for a visual exploration of the story Semá:th Xo:tsa: Great Gramma’s Lake. On September 24 there is a painting activity for children based on the story.

Learn more


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (New Westminster)

Pier Park, New Westminster
September 30, 2022 | 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Free

Spirit of the Children Society will host a pipe ceremony at Westminster Pier Park to honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families and communities.

Learn more


Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day (UBC, Vancouver)

UBC, Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Vancouver
September 30, 2022 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free

The march is intended to be educational and supportive to the Indigenous community on campus and beyond. Educational activities will allow younger participants to connect with the original inhabitants of the land and plant a seed to continue these conversations of a difficult era in Canadian history at home.

Learn more

Other UBC and Community Events

Find other events, including films, gatherings, book launches in September-October 2022, as compiled by UBC.


Frozen River (nîkwatin sîpiy) (Granville Island, Vancouver)

Carousel Theatre for Young People
@Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver
September 28 – October 16, 2022 | Various days/times

This is a play for young people. In nîkwatin sîpiy, Grandmother Moon tells the story of two eleven-year-olds, born under the same blood moon, but in different parts of the world. The play follows their stories as they meet in a forest, and that of their descendants who meet in the present day in what is known as Manitoba. A broken promise from the past can be righted when there is finally an openness to learn from those who have protected and honoured the waterways for centuries.

Learn more


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Nanaimo)

Stadium District, 746 Third Street, Nanaimo
September 30, 2022 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free

This day will bring community together to give an opportunity to listen, learn and work together to create a better future. Free activities will take place throughout Stadium District. These activities will include cultural performances on the main stage and demonstrations/clinics provided by local sports teams at select facilities.

Learn more


National Day of Truth and Reconciliation (Port Moody)

Port Moody Station Museum, Port Moody
September 30, 2022 | 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Free

The Port Moody Station Museum will show documentaries: Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair, The Story of the Coast Salish Knitters and Keepers of the Fire.

Learn more and register


South Island Powwow (Victoria)

Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
September 30, 2022
Free

The South Island Powwow is an opportunity to recognize Survivors and their families in the spirit of reconciliation. Through song and dance, this event will celebrate traditional Indigenous cultures and resiliency. Hosted by Songhees Nation.

Learn more


Root Dwellers IRSS Fundraiser with Indigenous Music Artists (Vancouver)

Anza Club, Vancouver
September 30, 2022 | 7:00 – 11:30 pm

A fundraiser for the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society, this event features artists Dakota Bear (Hip-Hop) and JB The First Lady (Hip-Hop / Spoken Word) will be co-headlining the even. Opening act for the evening will be Hayley Wallis.

Learn more


Indigenous History Hike (Hope)

S’ólh Téméxw (“our world” in the Halq’eméylem), known locally as Hope
September 30, 2022 | 9:00 am – 2:00-pm
Free

Activities for all fitness levels, for those 19 and older.

Learn more and register


Witness Blanket

Online
Beginning September 2022
Free

The Witness Blanket is an interactive site to bear witness to the experience and the aftermath of Canada’s residential schools.

Learn more


Blanket Exercise – Interactive Learning Experience (Delta)

Delta, BC
September 30 – October 1, 2022 | Different times and locations in Delta
Free

A Blanket Exercise is an interactive and experiential teaching tool that explores the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 

Learn more and register

*Information on the blanket exercise is at the bottom of the linked page.


Skookum Surrey National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Surrey)

Holland Park, Surrey
September 30, 2022 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Free

An afternoon of drumming, sharing, tea and bannock at Holland Park to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.


Truth and Reconciliation Day (Maple Ridge)

Memorial Peace Park
September 30, 2022 | 9:45 am

Join this community gathering in downtown Maple Ridge, which will include drummers, a community art piece, bannock, shirt painting, activity tents, and an elders’ hospitality tent. The event is in collaboration with PLEA Community Services.


Truth BEFORE Reconciliation (Victoria)

The Vic Theatre, Victoria
September 30, 2022 | 4:30 pm

Join in an evening of film, art, community and connection. Featuring a viewing of “Healing Nation” by Director Jamuna Galay-Tamang and Producer Symbia Barnaby and an open discussion.

Learn more


Xe xe Smun eem-Victoria Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters Ceremony (Victoria)

Centennial Square, Victoria, BC
September 30, 2022 | 10:00 am -12:30 pm
Free

Join others in the City of Victoria on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation for a flag raising, Indigenous performances, moment of silence and guest speakers.

Learn more


Truth and Reconciliation Day (Victoria)

University of Victoria
September 29, 2022 | Various events
Free

The theme of this year’s event is Resurgence and will include several events for those on campus and in the community.

There are related events on September 27 (lecture) and 28 (blanket exercise workshop).

Learn more


Xyemstem Xwexwéyt re K̓wséltktens-kt (Kamloops)
Plaque presentation and book launch

September 30, 2022 | 2:00 pm
Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument, 330 Chief Alex Thomas Way
Free

There will be an event at the Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument starting at 2:00 pm to present a plaque to the Jensen Family in honour of Kenneth C. Jensen along with a book launch and conversation for Tsqelmucwílc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School – Resistance and a Reckoning by Celia Haig-Brown.

Learn more


 TRU Orange Shirt Day Event (Kamloops)

Thompson Rivers University (Campus Commons, CAC), Kamloops
September 29, 2022 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

The Office of Indigenous Education invites all students, staff and faculty to join on Thursday, September 29 for this event. The TRU Orange Shirt Day event recognizes and honours the Indigenous children who attended residential schools in Canada.

There will be drumming, community speakers, local Indigenous vendors and a Reconciliation activity throughout the day.

Learn more


Truth and Reconciliation Day (Prince George)

Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park, Prince George
September 30, 2022 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Free

This educational event, hosted by Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, will feature a healing ceremony and includes storytelling, singing and drumming. All are welcome.

Learn more


BC Lions (Vancouver)

BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
September 30, 2022

On September 30 the BC Lions football team will wear special helmets featuring an Indigenous design, They invite their fans to check out:

  • Indigenous vendor marketplace on the BC Place concourse
  • Merchandise line featuring Corrine Hunt’s First Nations logo available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds going to Orange Shirt Society and Indian Residential School Survivors Society and to hosting survivors of the residential schools and their families at BC Lions home games.
  • DJ Orene Askew (AKA DJ O Show from Squamish Nation) featured in-game
  • Drummers and dancers from Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations featured during the half-time show

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