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september 30th

Recognizing Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30th marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. Inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, Orange Shirt Day began as an effort to raise awareness about the devastating inter-generational impacts of residential schools in Canada. Now recognized federally, this important date honours the Survivors of residential schools, the children who tragically never came home, and their communities.

To recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Toronto, Food Services staff will be wearing orange shirts featuring official artwork by Geraldine Catalbas.

U of T icon for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

Every Child Matters

Learn more about Orange Shirt Day and the lasting impact of residential schools. Put together by U of T Mississauga’s Indigenous Centre, this list of resources includes films, books, and podcasts which provide insight on how to listen, learn, and act in meaningful ways.

Additional resources

Orange Shirt Day and National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Commemoration

September 30 @ 10.00 AM

Join U of T to honour the experiences of residential school survivors. Hear a keynote address from Brenda Wastasecoot, an assistant professor at U of T’s Centre for Indigenous Studies. Her talk is titled: The Nikis Story is the Story of Canada: Reflecting on the Impacts of the Indian Residential Schools