National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

This week, we recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, established to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, as one of the steps in a long journey towards understanding meaningful reconciliation.

We hope you will consider wearing an orange shirt on Friday, September 30, to commemorate the children who were forced to attend Residential Schools and survived, those who did not return home, and the families and communities still affected by the lasting trauma of these events.

Events and activities in our community:

  • Connect with your local Friendship Centre
  • “Remember Me: A National Day of Remembrance” – a national gathering on Parliament Hill and in Confederation Park
  • Beechwood Cemetery Foundation has partnered with the Project of Heart, the Assembly of 7 Generations, and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society to host a public day of reconciliation education and action.  The day includes a two-hour tour, offered from sunrise to sunset.
  • Algonquin College is hosting several in-person and online events for the college community on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. will be offering free admission on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Visit Ottawa CTV News for these and other local events

To start you off, please consider reading the Commemoration Guide.