Sep 14, 2022

Vancouver, BC – September 30 marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to highlight the importance of "Every Child Matters". The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations.

snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College acknowledges its location on the unceded traditional territory of Musqueam First Nation and is working to strengthen the connections between the Musqueam and the College in a number of ways. The Langara College community is encouraged to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and commit to taking action.

The Centre for Intercultural Engagement, in partnership with Indigenous Education and Services and the Teaching and Curriculum Development Centre, have a number of on-campus events planned for the days leading up to September 30. The aim of these events is to help students, staff, and faculty learn more about this day, why and how it can be observed, as well as learn more about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action and what we can do, both individually and as an institute, to move forward with reconcili-ACTION.

Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear orange through the days leading up to September 30 to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools. Those who do not have one are invited to visit the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Engagement Centre September 26-29 to receive one (limited quantities available).


It’s important to understand and recognize the past in order to build a strong and resilient shared future. We invite you to visit the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation resources page for a collection of resources, podcasts, videos, local events, and much more to begin, or continue, the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Event Calendar

We invite students, staff, and faculty to make time in their calendars during this week to participate in these events.

Study Circle – Pulling Together: Guide for Curriculum Developers (Open to employees only)
September 22 to November 17 
12:30 pm–1:30 pm
Learn more and sign up.

Opening Ceremony and Performance by Coastal Wolf Pack
Monday, Sep 26
11:15 am
A Building, Main Foyer
All welcome.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Engagement Centre
Monday, Sep 26-Thursday, Sep 29
11:30 am–2:30 pm
A Building, Main Foyer
Learn more.

Musqueam Timeline Workshop (Introduction by Christie Charles)
Monday, Sep 26
2:30 pm–4:00 pm
T Building, T Gallery
Register now.

Meet the Author with Mary Jane Joe, Nk'xetko
Tuesday, Sep 27
1:00 pm–2:30 pm
T Building, T Gallery
Register now.

Musqueam Timeline Workshop
Wednesday, Sep 28
11:30 am–1:00 pm
T Building, T Gallery
​​​​​​​Register now.

Weaving Workshop (Open to employees only)
Wednesday, Sep 28 is full.
Wednesday, Nov 30 is now full.

Friendship Circle Drum Dance
Thursday, Sep 29
1:30 pm–2:00 pm
T Building, T Gallery
Register now.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Friday, Sep 30
Find out what local events are taking place.


Do you have questions or need more information about truth and reconciliation? Submit your question here. Submissions are anonymous (unless your provide your information) and will help snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College to guide conversations, compile additional resources, and plan workshops and event opportunities for our community to learn more in the future. 

Content Advisory

We ask that when registering for these events, participants take into consideration the content and to consider their own capacity in hearing it. Supports will be made available for participants who may be affected by what is presented in these events. For additional information visit our resources page. Or, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Centre for Intercultural Engagement.