CEBC will be closed on September 30 to observe this important day of learning, reflecting and honouring Indigenous peoples. Here we share a few ways to help deepen your understanding of Indigenous peoples and residential school history, and take part in events happening around the province.
A good place to start is by watching this short video of Phyllis Webstad telling her story, which is the inspiration for Orange Shirt Day.
The Legacy of Hope Foundation also has a collection of online videos that share first-person stories of Survivors.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:
Truth and Reconciliation Week Events
Take part in important conversations on topics including the truths of the Indigenous treaties, First Nation, Métis and Inuit land claims, and the residential schools system. This online event will provide historical workshops, exclusive video content, and activities for students — all supported by artistic and cultural performances by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.
Register free here for the following schedule of live and recorded events.
Click the following links to take you to the event schedule for a specific day.
- Day 1 – Monday, September 27, 2021
- Day 2 – Tuesday, September 28, 2021
- Day 3 – Wednesday, September 29, 2021
- Day 4 – Thursday, September 30, 2021
- Day 5 – Friday, October 1, 2021
You may be interested in joining other events happening around BC:
VIU Nanaimo Reconciliation Walk, September 29, 900 Fifth Street, meet at the Student Union Bldg.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT, Orange Shirt Day.9:00 am – Assemble at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (1607 East Hastings Street)
- 9:45 am – Walk to Grandview Park.
- 10:30 am – Ceremony at Grandview Park. Introduction and welcome by Annie Danilko and guest speaker Kat Norris.
- 11:00 am – Nisga’a Elders testimony, followed by activities (lunch, drum circle, crafting and sharing)
West Vancouver Memorial Library, September 30, 2:00–4:30 pm:
Chaakapesh [VIRTUAL], written by Tomson Highway, composed by Matthew Ricketts, and performed in the fall of 2018 by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal.
Thursday, Sep. 30, 12:00 – 2:30 pm. Xe xe Smun’ eem means “Sacred Children” in the Cowichan or Quw utsun language. Join us for a blessing of the land and welcome, and the Orange Shirt Day flag raising followed by a moment of silence.
Thursday, September 30, 2:15 pm. Drum for the Children (Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc). The Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation in British Columbia is urging the Secwepemc Honour Song be taught in schools, workplaces and at home. The First Nation posted a video to help people learn the song, and invites you to join the song on September 20th.