Things to Do to Honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Blog Article, Calgary, Lethbridge

Friday is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to honour the survivors of residential schools, the children who did not come home, and their families. This day, along with every day of the year, is a time to listen, learn, and remember. Throughout this week, there are many opportunities to join together on the path of reconciliation. See below for some of these opportunities offered virtually and/or in person in Calgary and in Lethbridge.


Things to Do to Honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Calgary, What is Open & Closed on Sept 30th | To Do Canada

An expanded list of events on the 30th in the link above and some of the events throughout the week below.

Truth and Reconciliation Week 
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation | September 26 – 30
Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022 is a national program open to all schools across Canada. This year includes an expanded program with age-appropriate virtual material for students in grades 1 through 12.

Métis Memories of Residential School
University of Calgary | September 27
Join Métis scholars, Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt and Billie-Jo Grant, in this important presentation shedding light on the Métis experience and addressing the historical biases and racism they have encountered.

The Importance of Language to Young People with Storytelling through Rock Painting
Trellis | September 29
“Áísínai’pi” means to write on stone. Rock painting provides exceptional testimony to the living cultural traditions of the Blackfoot People. You and your family are invited to learn through traditional rock painting as you hear stories, humour and traditional teachings from an Elder and community leaders.

Reviving Our Spirit with Language 
Trellis | September 30
Join Trellis for a rich cultural experience on the importance of language reclamation, as we tackle the struggle, the hopes, and the actions that we may all take on our journeys to language reclamation and reconciliACTION.

Indigenous Awareness: The Blanket Exercise
Calgary Public Library | September 30
The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is an experiential exercise that looks at the lived experience of Indigenous people within Canadian history. Join to be part of this immersive experience and examine our shared colonial legacy.

Orange Shirt Day Walking Tour
Fort Calgary | September 30
This National Truth and Reconciliation Day (Orange Shirt Day), join a free walking tour where we will confront the colonial history of Fort Calgary, discuss our ongoing work to decolonize the stories we tell, and share insights about what we have learned about reconciliation so far.

Guided Walks on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
University of Alberta | September 30
Join University of Alberta for reflective land-based teaching and learning on September 30, 2022, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Two walks are planned for this day, each considering the histories of these lands and its peoples from different vantage points.

Orange Shirt Day: Afternoon Panel Discussion
UCalgary & Calgary Public Library | September 30
Join UCalgary’s Office of Indigenous Engagement for a panel discussion revisiting the commitments of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in light of the unmarked graves, and our path forward.

Night Raiders Film Screening and Discussion
Calgary Public Library | September 30
Set in a post-war future that follows the journey of a mother trying to rescue her daughter from a state-run institution, this dystopian sci-fi film digs deep into Canada’s painful past and examines the forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples.

Remembering the Children
Government of Canada | September 30
A 1-hour national commemorative gathering will be broadcast live from Ottawa’s LeBreton Flats. Check your local listings.



Here are some events you may want to attend and if you visit the Lethbridge college website there are many more events throughout the week.

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Dates & Times:
September 30th 5:30pm-8:00pm @ Fort Whoop-Up | Admission is FREE

Campfire Conversation with Elders – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Come, sit with Blackfoot elders as we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Everyone is welcome. This is a time to gather in a good way as community – an opportunity to connect and talk.

Please bring your own chair, a blanket, a warm beverage, and a rock or something to use as your talking piece.

Wear your orange shirt. #OrangeShirtDay

This gathering is kindly supported by the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee.

Thank you to Southern Alberta Ethnic Association, Lethbridge Interfaith Network, Lethbridge Diversity and Inclusion Alliance for helping to promote the event.

Thank you to Fort Whoop Up for the gathering space.




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