What can I do for Truth and Reconciliation Day?

Sept. 30, 2021 will be the first national Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which is the same date as Orange Shirt Day. The day is to acknowledge and honour the victims and survivors of residential schools, and to reflect on how the aftermath affects Indigenous peoples. It’s also a day of action for non-Indigenous canadians to learn about the culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and to support Indigenous peoples.

Thing you can do:

1.Learn about Residential Schools to honour the lost children, victims and Survivors. And learn of the lasting and ongoing impacts on Indigenous peoples.


2. Learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Report and its 94 Call to Actions


3. Follow discussions and learn about Indigenous peoples and culture from Indigenous led organizations


4. Attend an Indigenous led event on Sept. 30 and show your support

Look online for a local event to attend in-person.

Virtual Events:


5. Support Indigenous owned businesses on day of and after


6. Make a donation to Indigenous people or organizations

Here’s a few suggestions if you’re looking for ideas.


Descriptions of Visual Elements in Banner

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Among the various visual elements illustrating Indigenous cultures, the circle is at the center which represents being together in spirit of reconciliation. The orange colour represents truth-telling and healing. The pathway represents the road to the reconciliation. First Nations, Inuit and Métis are represented in the image.

Description of the three icons

  • The eagle to represent First Nations peoples
  • The narwhal to represent Inuit
  • The beaded flower to represent Métis peoples