Today is Truth & Reconciliation Day.
Vision Vancouver encourages Vancouverites to do their part towards learning Canada’s true history, including the generational harm caused by the racism and colonialism of the residential school system.
For more information and to show your support please visit the Indian Residential Schools Survivor Society at https://www.irsss.ca/
Please note that September 30 is an extremely difficult day for survivors and their families and communities. Sensitivity, openness, and allyship are crucial.
Here is a list of community events being hosted today. All are welcome to join in ––
Orange Shirt Day at Grandview ParK
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Britannia Community Services Centre, in partnership with the Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS), the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (VAFC), and the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC), invites Elders and their families to gather at the VAFC before walking together to Grandview Park to listen to speakers and testimony from Nisga’a Elders, as well as participate in crafts, a drum circle, and discussion.
Community Gathering at Trout Lake (John Hendry Park)
From 1pm to 4pm on September 30, Trout Lake Community Centre and Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society invite everyone to gather to commemorate Orange Shirt Day. The event will feature ceremony, drumming, songs, and stories. Orange shirts will be sold, with proceeds supporting survivors.
Intergenerational March for Orange Shirt Day
11:00am - 2:30pm
UBC Applied Science and Land and Food Systems are holding an intergenerational march on September 30. The event begins at the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, where bannock and tea can be purchased, followed by opening remarks, performances, and then the march itself. An Elder will speak at the Reconciliation Pole.
Orange Shirt Day @ Templeton Pool Welcome Garden
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Orange Shirt Day @ Strathcona Community Centre
Wear your orange shirt on September 30 and join us as we honour survivors of residential schools and their families on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In partnership with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre Society, and Strathcona Community Centre.
9:00-9:30am: Assemble outside Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (1719 Franklin Street) at 9:00am or Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer Street) at 9:30am—join whichever walk is more convenient for you.
9:45am: Walk to Grandview Park.
10:30am: Ceremony at Grandview Park.
11:00am-2:00pm: Activities (lunch, drum circle, crafting & sharing).
XWEÝENE:MSTA:M ?ƏKWƏSQWEL, SEÝEḾ
(Performance at the Vancouver Art Gallery)
Co-created by Tsatsu Stalqayu, Mortal Coil and Butterflies in Spirit, Xweýene:msta:m ?əkwəsqwel, seýeḿ (translation: call to witness / listen to respected one) is a performance to honour Orange Shirt Day on Thursday, September 30, 2021, presented by the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The museum will be offering complimentary admission to anyone wearing an orange shirt and will accept donations on behalf of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society to recognize the impact of residential schools.
When: 10 a.m.
Where: Museum of Vancouver - 1100 Chestnut St