National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2023 Events and Initiatives

"Reconciliation is yours to achieve. We owe it to each other to build a Canada based on our shared future; a future of healing and trust."
- The Honourable Murray Sinclair, LLB MSC IPC
15th Chancellor of Queen’s University

Please join us Monday, October 2nd, 2023 as we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. See below for educational resources and event details. 


In 2021, September 30th marked 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. For years, the 30th of September has been recognized 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.  

An important aspect of Truth and Reconciliation work is committing to your own awareness and self-education of the complex histories as well as ongoing issues facing Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. With this, we encourage you to use the below resources as well as sources of information you discover on your own, to learn more, each day. Please read and sign the commitment to reconciliation here


Message from Chancellor Murray Sinclair (2022)


Events and Learning Opportunities 

Please check back regularly for additional events. Please also note that the University will observse the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Monday, October 2nd. Events are open to all members of the QU community unless stated otherwise. 

Monday September 25
Indigenous Art Display to begin in Stauffer Library - Fireplace Reading Room
9 am - 5 pm (Sept 25-29)

Flag Raising - Survivors' Flag and Every Child Matters Flag
12 pm, Richardson Hall

Kitchen Table Conversations:Truth & Reconciliation with BIPOC Educators 
In-Person, 3–5 pm | Register here

The Shift Project and FSL Present: Allies & Faith: A peer led conversation series - screening “Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts”
Open to students of faith and those interested in exploring their relationship with spirituality and allyship.
4-6 pm, QUIC Friendship Lounge, 208 Mitchell Hall
More details

Wednesday September 27
Film Screening: Beans
Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts | 6:00 pm 
Register | FREE | Faciltated discussion to follow

Orange Shirt Poster Display
September 27th until October 4th
Location: School of Medicine Building Atrium

Thursday September 28
Film Screening: Indian Horse
Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts | 5:00 pm
Register | FREE | Faciltated discussion to follow

Friday September 29
Conversation with Dr. Sarah Funnell, Associate Dean, Indigenous Health titled, “Climbing the Mountain towards Reconciliation”
1 pm, School of Medicine (15 Arch St.) Room 132A + Webinar 

Keynote Address: No, You Didn't 'Discover' That
Building Relationships with the Natural World and Indigenous Worldviews in STEAM with Liv Rondeau
1:30 - 3:30 pm | Duncan McArthur Hall Auditorium

Saturday September 30
Men's Rugby Game - QU v Guelph: 2:00 pm, Nixon Field
Team has worked with local Indigenous artist to design a special jersey: see here

Monday October 2
Sacred Fire at Agnes Benidickson Field, 1 pm

For staff, faculty, or students: To add your Queen's NDTR related events to this list, please contact