September 30th

The new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, to be held annually on September 30, is to honour survivors, their families and communities, and ensure a public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools.

This day coincides with Orange Shirt Day, which carries a very important message: that every child matters.

Alberta’s government is committed to working with Indigenous people on truth and reconciliation. We must stand with First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers, students and communities to honour those who survived and those who did not return home. At this time it is also important to reflect upon the unmarked graves of former Métis, Inuit and First Nations students that were recently discovered.

We must never forget that residential schools did not allow students to speak their languages or practice their cultures; that some students were emotionally, physically and sexually abused; and that these atrocities affect Indigenous people, families and communities to this day.

Acts of reconciliation advance the recognition of the painful legacy of residential schools. These acts can help Albertans’ understanding of reconciliation-related initiatives that offer a better future for Indigenous peoples.

Wear an orange shirt on September 30. Other suggested activities include:

Alberta Indigenous Relations FACEBOOK

How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on CBC

Survivor offers advice on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Watch now: Gord Downie's The Secret Path | CBC Arts

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) has unveiled a new Survivors’ Flag to mark the first official National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

This commemorative flag was created by survivors to share their expression of remembrance with the broader public, and to honour all residential school survivors, families, and communities impacted by the residential school system in Canada. More ...

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2021

A Virtual Event Open to All Canadian Schools For Youth Grades 5 – 12

To celebrate the success of last year’s online event, Every Child Matters, we are proud to present a full week of Truth and Reconciliation programming.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION WEEK is a 5-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Important conversations including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.


Drum for the Children

Drum for the Children

On this very first –Canadian–National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc is calling upon people around the world to gather –safely– to drum and sing for the missing children of Indian Residential Schools.


The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities.

Residential School Mural Teacher Resource (courtesy of Rupertsland Institute)

Residential School Mural Teacher Resource (courtesy of Rupertsland Institute)