Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Why is September 30 important?
Since 2013, Canadians have been observing Orange Shirt Day on September 30 in order to recognize the colonial legacy of residential schools. This summer, the Federal government has marked September 30, 2021 as a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours residential school survivors, their families and communities, and ensures that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
What can you do?
On September 30, we encourage all members of the campus community to honour the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by taking the time to learn about residential schools, racism and prejudice against Indigenous peoples, and how you can work toward reconciliation. We ask you to reflect on your own connection to the Indigenous community, participate in the University’s reflection-based events, or make a donation. Your UASU is donating 100% of the sales from the Daily Grind on Thursday to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, a long-running charity that does vital work.
Where you can learn more
To find out more about residential schools, please visit the following:
- Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's report "The Survivors Speak"
- Rent the 2021 documentary "We Were Children"
- Indigenous-Canada Relations Pre-Reading List
- Indigenous Movie and Book List