Exploring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation events
UM community encouraged to listen, learn and reflect
September 22, 2021 —
The University of Manitoba recently announced it will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a paid closure for UM faculty, staff and students.
There are a number of opportunities to listen, learn and reflect leading up to and on this integral day, both at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) and UM:
- Truth and Reconciliation Week is a five-day national event that will continue the conversations from Every Child Matters. Check out the list of opportunities available to the general public and the schedule for educators.
- UM’s department of Native studies is hosting its colloquium series on Sept. 29, titled Unreconciled: Family, Truth & Resistance.
- The College of Nursing is hosting a virtual Orange Shirt Day – Every Child Matters event on Sept. 29 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- On Sept. 27, residents and students of St John’s College will assemble a memorial display that will be in the Chapel of St John for the whole week. The Chapel will also host an hour of silence from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 30.
- Ongomiizwin-Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing is holding ceremonies on the mornings of Sept. 28 and 29 in honour of Orange Shirt Day and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Medicine Garden (on Bannatyne next to Basic Medical Sciences Building).
- The NCTR, in partnership with APTN, CBC/Radio Canada, Insight Productions and Canadian Heritage, is producing a new broadcast special, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It will broadcast and stream live on Sept. 30 on APTN, CBC, CBC Gem, ICI TÉLÉ and ICI TOU.TV.
The NCTR also encourages everyone across the country to mark Sept. 30 by wearing orange shirts and ‘lighting up’ the country orange. UM will light select buildings across its campuses in recognition of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
For a list of community-hosted events, please email indigenous [dot] engagement [at] umanitoba [dot] ca with the subject line ‘Orange Shirt Day information’.