Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Friday September 30, 2022

Orange Shirt Day, September 30, is a day to honour and uphold Survivors and intergenerational Survivors of the Indian residential school system, and to commemorate those who didn’t return home.

Intergenerational March to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day

A UBC event led by the Faculty of Applied Science and Land and Food Systems. There are no fees or registration required.

The Intergenerational March to Commemorate Orange Shirt Day aims to be educational and supportive to the Indigenous community on campus and beyond. Educational activities will allow younger participants to connect with the original inhabitants of the land and plant a seed to continue these conversations of a difficult era in Canadian history at home.

Where? Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. View Map

What? For a detailed schedule, visit their website.

Orange Shirt Day Film Screenings

As part of programming for Orange Shirt Day | National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC, in partnership with the National Film Board (NFB), invites us to learn about the colonial history and ongoing impact of the Indian residential school system. Screenings will be followed by a short discussion. 

Upcoming Schedule

Book Launch & Conversation | Tsqelmucwilc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School—Resistance and a Reckoning

This event will be taking place on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The doors will open at 5 PM, and the event will begin thirty minutes after.

“Tsqelmucwilc” (pronounced cha-CAL-mux-weel) is a Secwepemc phrase loosely translated as “We return to being human again.” Tsqelmucwilc is the story of those who survived the Kamloops Indian Residential School, based on the 1988 book Resistance and Renewal, a groundbreaking history of the school – and the first book on residential schools ever published in Canada.

For more information, visit their website.

Other Community Events 

Britannia Community Centre event
Trout Lake Community Centre and Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society’s event
BBQ at Oppenheimer park
Hastings Sunrise Community Centre event

Other ways of getting involved

Wellness resources 

We understand that this can be a difficult time for our Indigenous students—and also other marginalized students. Engaging with Indian Residential School histories and legacies can lead to emotional reactions and (unexpectedly) difficult thoughts and feelings. Sometimes these can surface hours, days, or weeks later. This is perfectly normal. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it is important to respect your needs and to be kind to yourself.