How to participate and learn about truth and reconciliation

  • Sep. 20, 2021 – Sep. 30, 2021
  • 8:00 AM – 11:59 PM
  • Main Campus

On Thursday, Sept. 30, Canada will mark the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, which is also Orange Shirt Day. Although we will be closed on this day, we encourage you to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools and reflect on our shared journey towards truth and reconciliation. 

Both the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day provide the NAIT community with the opportunity to learn, show solidarity, share perspectives, and honour residential school survivors, their families and communities. 

Starting on Monday, Sept.  20, NAIT will be hosting virtual events ahead of Thursday, Sept.  30 with some being livestreamed or recorded so you are able to watch remotely. 

We also encourage everyone in our community to wear an orange shirt the week of Sept. 27 to show our shared commitment toward reconciliation. This is our act of solidarity, as a community, to seek truth and reconciliation, and to honour residential school survivors and those who didn't make it home. 


Events 

Why we wear an orange shirt

Tuesday, Sept. 27 to Thursday, Sept. 29

We also encourage everyone in our community to wear an orange shirt the week of Sept. 27 to show our shared commitment toward reconciliation. This is our act of solidarity, as a community, to seek truth and reconciliation, and to honour residential school survivors and those who didn't make it home. 

There are a few ways for you to share your message:

  • Share a short 15-20 second long video clip of you wearing an orange shirt, and say “I wear an orange shirt because…” and why you wear an orange shirt
  • Share a photo of you wearing an orange shirt, and write your statement on a white piece of paper that includes: “I wear an orange shirt because…” and why you wear an orange shirt

To share your video or photo, you can tag NAIT’s social media accounts on Twitter or Instagram. If you aren’t on social, please send us your video or photo to socialmedia@nait.ca.

Share your Orange Shirt Day selfies tagging @NAIT and using hashtag #orangeshirtday #whywewearorange

Orange shirts are available through Shop@NAIT with all sales donated to the Orange Shirt Foundation.

Since we aren't able to gather in person, we ask you share your Orange Shirt Day selfies tagging @NAIT and using hashtag #orangeshirtday.

Why we wear orange on Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day is an important day to acknowledge and honour the generational and inter-generational survivors of residential schools and those who did not make it home.


Download an Orange Shirt Day Background

We encourage you to download one  of our Orange Shirt Day teams backgrounds. 

Orange Background 

White Background 

Photo Background 


Truth and Reconciliation Week - Hosted by National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation 

Monday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Oct. 1

The programming will feature short videos created by Indigenous storytellers, followed by conversations with Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Survivors, and the children of Survivors of residential schools. The videos will be supported with classroom activities for students. Throughout the week we’ll share artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists. There will also be a moving tribute to the Missing Children that never returned home from the residential schools.

Register 

Please note: this is an external event, not hosted by NAIT


Every Child Matters – A Virtual Program of Remembrance

Wednesday, Sept. 29 I 9:30 a.m.

Join us as we honour residential school survivors, their families and communities, and remember the children who never made it home.

  • Opening smudge and prayer
  • Treaty 6 Land Acknowledgement
  • Honour Song
  • Moment of Silence
  • Closing prayer

An event link will be available Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Join us


The History of Residential Schools 

Wednesday, Sept. 29 I 10 a.m.

Join us for the virtual 1-hour session that covers the history and lasting impacts of the Indian Residential School system in Canada. A part  of the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre’s Pîkiskwetân “Let’s Talk” Series, this session covers a wide range of topics, some of which include child abduction, cultural genocide, myths, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and recent confirmations of grave sites. 

Register


Walking Together: Non-Indigenous Perspectives on Truth and Reconciliation 

Wednesday, Sept. 29 I 11:30 a.m.

Want to understand how you can play a role in truth and reconciliation from a non-Indigenous perspective? In this 1-hour session, Naisa Bujold and Tim Ira from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion share some of their own insights and experiences as non-Indigenous people living in Canada, followed by an open discussion. 

Register


Orange Shirt Day Run and Walk - Hosted by The Revenge 

Thursday, Sept. 30 | 3 p.m.

Join the run and walk in support of those who survived Residential Schools and for those who never made it home.

Register 

Please note: this is an external event, not hosted by NAIT


More Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre events

In the months following Thursday, Sept. 30, the Nîsôhkamâtotân Centre  will be holding ongoing Pîkiskwetân “Let’s Talk” Series events on topics related to the sixties scoop, inter-generational trauma, missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, as well as various events throughout the year. 

Full list of events 

Check out related reading

Related pages

Want to learn more about residential schools and truth and reconciliation? We've compiled some recommended reading here:

Why a blanket exercise made me disappointed, uncomfortable and angry

Shining a harsh light on the impacts of colonization.

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