September 2023 – Truth and Reconciliation Month

Raising of the Reconciliation Pole by Hereditary Chief 7idansuu (James Hart), Haida, in 2017

On September 30th, Canada will hold its 2nd National Truth and Reconciliation day also known as Orange Shirt Day. This day commemorates the missing and murdered children from residential schools and honours the healing journey of residential school survivors. What were the residential schools?

This 6-minute video provides a short timeline of these institutions, including the release of the final report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015 – Residential Schools in Canada: A Timeline 

September 30th – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. What is reconciliation? Read this article to learn more about what reconciliation is and what it is not.

Who is Phyllis Webstad, and what is Orange Shirt Day? Read her story.


UBC Orange Shirt Day events

Wellness Resources

Engaging with Indian Residential School histories and legacies can lead to emotional reactions and (unexpectedly) complex thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these can surface hours, days, or weeks later. If you feel overwhelmed, it is important to respect your needs and be kind to yourself. Visit this link for wellness resources.