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Truth and Reconciliation events happening in-person and online

Take the opportunity to hear speakers from Canada's Indigenous communities during Truth and Reconciliation week.
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Take the opportunity for education and enlightenment in person and online during Truth and Reconciliation week. Photo: Metro Creative Connection

The City of Edmonton encourages Edmontonians to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, through community and online resources and events. 

This week, a commemorative crosswalk in honour of residential school survivors will be painted at the intersection of 99 Street and 103a Avenue, between City Hall and the Law Courts. This crosswalk was designed in collaboration with youth from the iHuman Youth Society and will be painted by the City’s Traffic Field Operations team.

The City is hosting a plant giveaway as a way to honour the victims, families, friends and intergenerational survivors of residential schools through its Root for Trees program. Trees, shrubs and wildflowers will be available at Hawrelak Park on Sept. 30, while supplies last.

A sacred fire will be lit at City Hall Plaza on September 30 for those who wish to pay respects and reflect. Flags will be at half mast, and the High-Level Bridge will be lit orange that evening.

City-owned and leased trucks and vehicles, buses, waste trucks, mowers, automated enforcement vehicles and others will have an orange ribbon tied on in recognition of the day, and to encourage Edmontonians to continue reflecting on reconciliation.

Employees with the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service and Edmonton Public Library are being granted a day of leave with pay on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Edmontonians can also wear an orange shirt to honour residential school survivors and their families. September 30 continues to be observed as Orange Shirt Day in recognition of the experience of Phyllis Webstad, who was stripped of her orange new shirt on her first day of attending a residential school near Williams Lake, BC.

In Calgary, citizens are invited to join online Indigenous Elders, community leaders, and all Calgarians committed to the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children at Calgary.ca/live .The livestream will begin at 12 p.m.

The Orange Shirt Day ceremony is one of the ways The City of Calgary is recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange ribbon decals will be applied to all City vehicles to show solidarity with our Indigenous neighbours, friends, co-workers and family. For more information on Orange Shirt Day and other ways to observe the National day for Truth and Reconciliation visit Calgary.ca/orangeshirtday.

The following are open on Sept. 30:

 

  • Southland Leisure Centre (weight room 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., aquatics 1:30 – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Village Square Leisure Centre (weight room 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., aquatics 1:30 – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Golf courses; book your time at calgary.ca/golf
  • Bookings at arenas, athletic parks and the Calgary Soccer Centre
  • Glenmore Sailing School rentals

The following are closed on Sept. 30:

 

  • All aquatic and fitness centres (except Village Square Leisure Centre and Southland Leisure Centre)
  • North Mount Pleasant and Wildflower Arts Centres

For hours of operation visit calgary.ca/recreation

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation also offers free online programming all this week. The following schedule is for members of the General Public who have registered for the Truth and Reconciliation Week event at nctr.ca. Check the website for more details and to register.

Available on YouTube Sept. 30

  Session (45 Minutes) Speaker
Live Link The Mamawi Project: Métis queer, trans and two-spirit histories TBC
Live Link Mi’kmaq Ancient History told in Storytelling Fashion Julie Pellissier-Lush
Live Link HERITAGE de Benjamin Murray Wapikoni
Live Link Old Enough to Go, Old Enough to Know- Talking Residential Schools with Kids Rebecca Thomas
Live Link Carrying On the Tradition- Inuit Games/Arctic Sports Kyle Kaayák’w Worl
Live Link The National Arts Centre: Indigenous Performing Arts Kevin Loring, Lori Marchand, and Mairi Brascoupé
Live Link TBC Joé Juneau
Live Link Keeping Reconciliation Alive: Learning from a Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson (honoris causa)

Day4 – Orange Shirt Day

 

Sept. 30 Event (45 Minutes) Speaker  
11:30 AM ET Beyond Orange Shirt Day Phyllis Webstad Live Link
1:00 PM ET Being William (French)
(VR Experience)
Jason Brennan Live Link
Live Videos will be played on the NCTR YouTube Channel

Available on YouTube Oct. 1

  Session (45 Minutes) Speaker
Live Link What does it Mean to Wear an Orange Shirt Theland Kicknosway
Live Link Le tonsure de Meky Ottawa Wapikoni
Live Link Witness Blanket Carey Newman
Live Link Saving the Spirit- the Heroism of Margaret Olemaun Pokiak- Fenton of Fatty Legs Christy Jordan-Fenton
Live Link Survivor Dialogues (French) Richard Kistabish
Live Link Survivor Dialogues, NWT Norman Yakelaya
Live Link Survivor Dialogues – Inuk Women Maata Evaluardjuk-Palmer, Edna Elias, the Honourable Levinia Brown
Live Link Survivor Dialogues – Ontario Lila Bruyere

Day 5 – Knowledge Transfer – Elder and Youth Dialogues

 

Oct. 1 Event (45 Minutes) Speaker  
11:30 AM ET TBC Former National Chief Phil Fontaine Live Link
1:00 PM ET TBC The Honourable Murray Sinclair Live Link
Live Videos will be played on the NCTR YouTube Channel

 

Available on YouTube Oct 2.

  Session (45 Minutes) Speaker
Live Link Reconciliation as Conveyed in Indigenous Languages Imelda (Opolahsomuwehs) Perley
Live Link TBC Mitch Case
Live Link Auntie’s Hands de Gloria Morgan Wapikoni
Live Link Youth Advocacy and Empowerment AFN Youth Council
Live Link Mi’kmaw Creation Story Stephen Augustine, Unama’ki College
Live Link Culture and Language Go Hand and Hand TELAXTEN (Paul Sam)
Live Link Inuit Stories: Art and Life Sally Kate Qimmiunaaq Webster, Inuk (Ottawa, Ontario)
Live Link Two Eyed Seeing, a Mi’kmaw perspective Albert Marshall