National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

By: Bill Reid Gallery

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Gallery will be open 11 am – 3 pm

The Canadian government designated September 30th—the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this year for the first time and was created in response to Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action #80.

In honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation/Orange Shirt Day, the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art will be open 11 am to 3 pm. 

What you can do on September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

Visit the Gallery and learn more about Northwest Coast arts and cultures. This is an opportunity to learn, reflect, make connections, and take action in redressing more than 150 years of injustice.

Purchase and read books from our Gallery Shop Book section.

Stop by the Gallery Shop Orange Shirt Tree installation and leave your messages, thoughts or tributes on one of orange t-shirt paper cutouts. The staff of the Gallery Shop will hang your message(s) in the Orange Shirt Tribute Tree.

Wear your orange shirt as a sign of support and to honour the survivors and their families who have endured grimly and painfully; and recognize the intergenerational trauma that has been caused and continues.

Buy your orange #EveryChildMatters shirt—designed by Ts’msyen artist Morgan Asoyuf. A percentage of the sale from #EveryChildMatters t-shirts will support a Bill Reid Gallery staff initiative to start an Indigenous resource library for students by donating books of Indigenous authors and content to a local school. 

Attend an event honouring Orange Shirt Day:
Events to commemorate 2021 Orange Shirt Day

Special event - Sept. 30, 12 noon

XWEÝENE:MSTA:M ?ƏKWƏSQWEL, SEÝEḾ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 12 pm noon, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery at ŠXʷƛ̓ƏNƏQ XWTL’E7ÉNK SQUARE (formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza). Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit.

Orange Shirt artwork courtesy of Morgan Asoyuf