Sep 19, 2023

Vancouver, BC –
 September 30, marks 
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR). This day is also Orange Shirt Day, which honours the lost children and survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities. The NDTR Committee would like to invite the College community to come to the offerings below and learn about residential schools and their impact today. This public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. We hope to see you at these offerings.

About Orange Shirt Day

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.


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.

List of Offerings 

We acknowledge that these offerings are happening on the traditional, ancestral, unceded and present-day lands of the Musqueam who have stewarded them since time immemorial. 

Many of the offerings below include mention and discussion around residential schools and other potentially sensitive and traumatic subject matters. Please take care and consider your capacity for engaging in this information as we have not been able to provide warnings for each offering. 

Wednesday, September 27 

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Opening
    Featuring Tsatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack)
    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
    Location: A Building Foyer 

  • Education station
    Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
    Location: A Building Foyer 

  • Musqueam Timeline [POSTPONED]
    Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm
    Location: T-Gallery 

Thursday, September 28

  • Education station
    Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm 
    Location: A Building Foyer 

  • Musqueam Flag Raising Ceremony
    Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Location: Front Lawn  

Friday, September 29 

  • Education station
    Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm 
    Location: A Building Foyer 

  • Closing Friendship Circle Drum Dance
    With Elder in Residence, Nk'xetko
    Time: 2:30 pm 3:30 pm
    Location: T-Gallery

Orange Shirts available 

The bookstore on campus has a limited number of orange shirts by Coast Salish artist Simone Diamond and produced by Native Northwest. To purchase a shirt, visit the on-campus bookstore or online