National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022
Join us in Ottawa or in Winnipeg on September 30, 2022 to memorialize the children lost to the residential school system and honour Survivors, their families, and their communities. Below you will find a run down of events taking place on unceded Anishinaabe Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario as well as on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Everyone is encouraged to wear orange in honour of Orange Shirt Day.
All are welcome to join as we grieve, heal, and learn together.
Remember Me: National Day of Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony
10 am – 11:30 am ET
A national youth-led initiative on Parliament Hill featuring an opening ceremony with Elder Claudette Commanda, performances, and speakers such as Autumn Peltier — Global Indigenous Water Activist & Chief Water Commissioner, Anishinabek Nation. An eagle feather ceremony for Survivors will begin at 8:30 am.
Traveling Song & Spirit Walk
Parliament HIll to LeBreton Flats
11:30 AM ET
Join us on a walk from Parliament Hill to LeBreton Flats Park led by children and residential school Survivors. Upon arriving at the park, thousands of attendees will place Indigenous children’s footwear on the stage as a symbol of remembrance of the children who never made it home.
Remembering the Children — Live broadcast
LeBreton Flats Park
1:00-2:00 PM ET
The NCTR and APTN have come together to produce a one-hour commemorative gathering presented in English, French, and Inuktitut that will broadcast live at 1:00 pm from LeBreton Flats Park in Ottawa. Tune in to hear Survivors’ personal reflections as well as key speaker, His Honour Murray Sinclair, speak about their experiences and the importance of reconciliation. The commemoration will include performances by Dennis Saddleman, and many more. The special gathering will serve as an opportunity for everyone to grieve, heal and learn about this tragic history.
The event will be carried by broadcasters across the country, including CBC/Radio-Canada, AMI-TV, CPAC, CTV News, Crave, Uvagut TV, Hollywood Suite, Outtv and on channels available from Blue Ant, Channel Zero and Super Channel’s CHCH, Rewind an: Silver Screen Classics channels. Indigenous radio partners will also carry the program, including MBC Radio, CKLB and SiriusXM’s The Indigiverse.
Watch the live broadcast here.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Winnipeg Art Gallery
11:00 AM CT
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting a special day of programming in partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. All are welcome for a screening of Truth and Reconciliation Week program episodes as well as NCTR’s live national broadcast, Remembering the Children, airing at 12:00 pm CT. Following the screening will be a book launch and a public discussion about the history of the residential school system..
General admission fees will be donated to the NCTR; self-identifying Indigenous peoples are always welcome, free of charge.
Orange Shirt Days @ the Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum
Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2
The Manitoba Museum will feature special, all-day programming in the Museum Galleries focused on the history of residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The programming includes videos from the NCTR, a self-guided tour of the many exhibits relevant to the history of the residential school system and the TRC, as well as a Manitoba Cares station where visitors can share their thoughts and make their own commitment to take action for Reconciliation.
Admission is free for all; guests are invited to wear orange.
NCTR’s spirit name – bezhig miigwan, meaning “one feather”.
Bezhig miigwan calls upon us to see each Survivor coming to the NCTR as a single eagle feather and to show those Survivors the same respect and attention an eagle feather deserves. It also teaches we are all in this together — we are all one, connected, and it is vital to work together to achieve reconciliation.