National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 22, 2023
Attend an event in your community to commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (formerly known as Orange Shirt Day) is a federal statutory holiday and public commemoration of the painful history and ongoing impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system.

On Sept. 30 and every day, BCNU encourages members to learn about the devastating legacy of forced assimilation and abuse left by the residential school system. Show your commitment to Truth and Reconciliation by wearing orange and supporting Indigenous organizations, causes, or artists.

Across the country and ahead of Sept. 30, hundreds of local activities are taking place that commemorate the history and legacy of residential schools.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation’s Truth and Reconciliation Week 2023 has a series of lunch and learns from Sept. 25-29.

The Orange Shirt Day Society is promoting a series of workshops, webinars and in-person events ahead of Sept. 30.

Download our list of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events by BCNU region and attend an activity in your community

BCNU has also launched a new Truth and Reconciliation webpage to commemorate this year’s national day. This page reflects the union’s commitment to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and is just one of recommendations put forward by the BCNU Truth and Reconciliation Committee.


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