National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
On September 30th take some time to engage in reflection, learning, honouring, and celebrating Indigenous Peoples, culture, and history. If you are active on social media, think about using your platform to amplify Indigenous voices.
Below is a list of Indigenous organizations where you can purchase orange shirts:
- Article on why it matters where you buy your orange shirt: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/orange-shirt-day-calgary-fraud-1.6587389
- Orange Shirt Day Society
"The Orange Shirt Society was founded by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and others who are no longer on our Board. We have Indigenous Staff and Board Members. Our Staff and volunteer Board Members govern the Society and are a group dedicated to supporting our mission." (About Us).
- Native Arts Society (Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction)
"Established in 2021 by Brianna Olson Pitawanakwat and Nanook Gordon Fareal, Native Arts Society is an Indigenous and 2S owned gallery and studio space located in so-called Toronto, ON." (Native Arts Society).
Where to purchase: Native Arts Society will be doing pop-ups every Saturday in September at 216 Augusta Ave in Kensington Market from 1:00-6:00.
- Treaty 1850 Online Store
The Treaty 1850 Store is located in and run by members of the Nipissing First Nation. Orange shirts by Artist Isaac Murdoch, a Serpent River First Nations member, are available through the website.
aaniin is "a brand dedicated to Indigenous languages and supporting Indigenous creators 365 days of the year" (Our Story).
Where to purchase: Online or in-person at Stackt Market (28 Bathurst St.)
In person: GTA Indigenous Fashion Showcase for Truth and Reconciliation Day (September 30, 2022) (See Get Involved)
Consider attending the following event:
The University of Toronto is presenting this event which will be live streamed.
Honour the experiences of residential school survivors by joining a University-wide event to recognize Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
The University of Toronto will commemorate this day of recognition with remarks from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, and Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President & Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, in The Great Hall at Hart House. Brenda Wastasecoot, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Indigenous Studies, will provide the keynote address: “The Nikis Story is the Story of Canada: Reflecting on the Impacts of the Indian Residential Schools.”
We regret to announce that Andrew Wesley is no longer able to attend.
For more information, please visit the event page: https://harthouse.ca/events/orange-shirt-day-2022/
To learn more:
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
University of Alberta free online course – Indigenous Canada
Watch stories of survivors: