6 Events for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

By: Bill Reid Gallery

On September 30, let us come together in remembrance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It's a day to reflect, learn, and take steps toward reconciliation with Indigenous communities across Canada.  

One way to actively participate is by attending important events. To help you, we have curated a special list of free events. Take advantage of this chance to learn more about the significance of this day. Check out the list:   

Neighbourhood Food Week - Orange Shirt Day

The Vancouver Urban Food Forest Foundation will honour the children and their families while raising awareness of the inter-generational impacts of residential schools. The event will host indigenous speakers, drummers, storytelling, smudging, healing medicines, learning resources, and refreshments. When: September 28 at 6pm | More info: https://bit.ly/nfw-orange-shirt-day  

Understanding Truth and Reconciliation

YMCA Connections will promote a reading section on the Orange Shirt Story, one of the stories behind the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. People will also have the opportunity to create their own orange T-shirts. Everyone is welcome. When: September 28 at 4:30 pm | More info: https://bit.ly/ywca-truth-reconciliation  

Honouring Truth and Reconciliation with Red Buffalo Nova Weipert

Join Indigenous storyteller Red Buffalo Nova Weipert in a presentation hosted by Women in Animation Vancouver. Weipert uses hoops, film, and storytelling to share their knowledge, teachings, and stories and to explore the intersectionality of their identities, touching on reconciliation, spirituality, the 7 Grandfather Teachings, and the Anishinaabe Creation Story. When: September 29 at 6:00pm | More info: https://bit.ly/nova-weipert  

All My Relations

Place des Arts, located in Coquitlam, will host a free event with Christine Mackenzie for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. She will share her unique art perspective around the importance of the cedar bough through a drawing and painting activity. When: September 30 | More info: https://bit.ly/allmyrelations 

Open Conversation with Shaina Stephens

Join Laxgalts'ap multimedia artist Shaina Stephens in making an Orange Shirt on Saturday, September 30, at the @museumofvan. Shaina will lead an open conversation about residential schools and walk you through making your shirt using stencils, paint, and more. Shirts and decorating materials are included in the cost of the workshop. One ticket per shirt. Groups and families are welcome to collaborate on making a shirt together. Get 20% off your shirt with code ORANGE20 and save your spot via https://bit.ly/museum-vancouver  

Arts Umbrella Orange Day

The day will consist of a variety of family-friendly and age-appropriate activities, talks, and workshops led by Indigenous artists and knowledge keepers. It will also be about listening to Indigenous voices and stories, taking time to remember and honour residential school survivors, their families, communities, and those who never came home, and learn how we can take actionable steps towards reconciliation together. View the events and activities for the day, including special guests, and secure your spot on their website: https://bit.ly/arts-umbrella


Let us use this day to support Indigenous communities and pledge to create a future of mutual understanding, respect, and unity. By working together, we can build a more inclusive and better place to live.