National Day for Truth and Reconciliation + Orange Shirt Day, 2022

September 9, 2022

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honouring the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people of Canada. It is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

The objective of this fairly new day of observance, now in its second year, 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.

On September 30, as we mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we also encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands who survived the Residential Schools, those children 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 in 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) will be turned orange, and all outdoor advertising spaces will be covered and replaced with a special commemorative poster, with original "Every Child Matters" artwork.”

Come back here for further updates to programming and activities marking the 2nd National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and Orange Shirt Day.