National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Please return to this page on the days leading up to September 30 for new resources, events, videos, and more. 

This year, September 30 will mark Canada’s first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a newly designated day of remembrance to honour victims and survivors of Canada’s Indigenous residential school system. The federal government announced the statutory day in July 2021, which will fall on what has been known as Orange Shirt Day. 

In support of this important moment of reflection and learning, the university will be offering activities and opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to learn, engage, and act toward advancing reconciliation both on and off campus. A list of events and resources can be found below. 

Show your commitment to reconciliation 

The university is also making a limited number of commemorative Orange Shirts available to employees and has wall decals available for employees and students. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of the shirts and decals support the Save the Evidence campaign and the Orange Shirt Society

Those eligible can sign-up to receive a shirt or decal now. Anyone requesting a shirt or decal is asked to consider signing a commitment to ongoing learning about the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.  

The commitment can also be signed by any member of the campus community. Show your solidarity and sign yours now

Take part in Sept. 30 activities 

On-campus events and educational opportunities are taking place across campus. The Office of Indigenous Initiatives is planning an in-person sacred fire, as well as a campus-wide moment of silence on September 30. Please check back for details, as they will be shared as they are confirmed. Note that the gathering will be livestreamed online to ensure the entire Queen’s community can take part. 

All other events, learning opportunities, and educational resources can be found below. 


Events on campus: 

Elder Meet & Greet, OII, Truth and Reconciliation  
September 23rd, Zoom - Register here  

Sacred Fire,
Agnes Benidickson Field, September 30th, Livestream available 

Centre for Teaching and Learning, 
TRC & Me - September 30th, 10 am, Zoom

How Do We Talk About Colonial Violence in the Classroom? -
September 28th, 1:30 pm

Reading of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission,
September 30th, 7 am, Zoom

More events: 

The Whole Truth About Residential Schools: Then and Now, WEBINARRegister now,
Begins September 15th, 6:30 PM EST

To be updated soon. 



Orange Shirt Day

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