National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021

September 30th, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honouring the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada. We honour those who survived the Residential Schools, those who did not return home, and those who continue to suffer as a result of intergenerational trauma. Granville Island will be demonstrating our commitment to reconciliation by honouring our Indigenous Peoples by observing a moment of silence at 2:15 pm in recognition of the 215 children whose bodies were uncovered in an unmarked grave on the grounds of the former Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc Residential School in Kamloops, British Columbia. The lights, in the shape of a heartbeat, on the Arts & Innovation Hub (former Emily Carr School) have been turned orange, and our usual outdoor advertising spaces have been covered by orange art posters, in recognition of "Every Child Matters" Orange Shirt Day.

The objective of this new day of observance is to encourage Canadians to take time to learn more about Reconciliation, and to reflect on the real histories and ongoing impacts of colonization, the effects of which continue to be felt today. It is an opportunity to commemorate the survivors, their families, and their communities.

What you can do: 

Attend on September 30th




Wear orange! 



  •  Donate directly to The Indian Residential School Survivors Society. The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. They strive to provide physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual growth, development, and healing through culturally-based values and guiding principles for Survivors, Families, and Communities.