On Friday, September 30, 2022 we reflect, commemorate, bereave and support our Indigenous community by recognizing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This federal statutory holiday will see government offices, schools, and many businesses closed to take time to honour the survivors, children, families and community of those who never returned home from residential schools.

Our public commemoration of these events is a key part of the reconciliation process. You can help recognize and honour the day by wearing your orange shirt and participating in one of the meaningful events below:

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Join Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society online via their Facebook page for this event focused on the past, present and future of Indigenous People. Schedule includes an Elder prayer, thoughts from a residential school survivor, songs, and a performance by Dallas Arcand Jr.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Online
Website: Facebook Event

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Royal Alberta Museum

Wear your orange shirt to the Royal Museum and join in for a special storytime featuring Nokum is my Teacher by David Bouchard, and Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad at 11:30 am. For those unable to make it to the Museum, join in for an online reading of Shi-Shi-Etko and Shin-chi’s Canoe by Nicola Campbell via Facebook Live or Zoom from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Books recommended for ages 4-8 and their families.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Royal Alberta Museum | 9810 103a Avenue NW, Edmonton
Website: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca

Indigenous Inspired Crafts & Activities at Telus World of Science

On September 30, be there for the raising of the tipi in the Pembina Indigenous Garden (rain or shine) at 8:00 am, a land acknowledgement and smudging ceremony at 9:00 am, an Indigenous Drummer Performance at 10:00 am, followed by special programming and activities all weekend long. Free general admission for Indigenous Peoples on September 30.

When: Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2022
Time: Friday 30 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Telus World of Science  | 11211 142 Street NW, Edmonton
Website: www.telusworldofscienceedmonton.ca

Every Child Matters Day at the Farm

Come spend the day getting lost in the Every Child Matters corn maze at Prairie Gardens, learn about the seven teachings, and discover the three sisters in the garden (Corn, Squash and Beans) representing Courage, Respect and Love. Elder Bill Bertschy has shared his knowledge and teachings to create this beautiful tribute on the farm featuring the seven teepees and a Turtle Island forest conservation trail.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm | 1 km east of Bon Accord and 2 km north on Lily Lake Road (Range Road 235)
Website: Facebook Event

Rock Painting at the Fraser Community League

Bring the family to the Fraser Community League to paint rocks with messages of hope, love, and reflection. Take home some chalk and write similar messages outside your home and help cover the neighbourhood in orange.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where: Fraser Community League | 14720 21 St NW, Edmonton
Website: Facebook Event

Indigenous Art Adventure Workshop with Lance Cardinal

Get creative with Edmonton’s “Indigenous Mr.Dress-up” and create your own miniature Ribbon Shirt or Ribbon skirt pin! All materials will be provided, along with light drinks and snacks. During the 60 minute workshop you will also learn Cree words and hear some traditional Indigenous teachings.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Soulflame Creative Studios | 10043 81 Avenue NW, Edmonton
Website: Eventbrite

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Strathcona County

Strathcona County is hosting their National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Broadmoor Lake Park and surrounding locations. Join guest speakers, Indigenous elders, knowledge keepers and performers in the park to celebrate the history, resilience and diversity of Indigenous Peoples. Enjoy traditional food and family friendly activities including a scavenger hunt and canoe rides.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Broadmoor Lake Park | 95 St 103A Avenue, Edmonton
Website: www.strathcona.ca

Calling Our Spirits Back

The Indigenous Congress of Alberta Association (ICAA) will recognize the day of Truth and Reconciliation with a series of free events including a Pipe Ceremony, Courageous Conversation, Feast, and a Round Dance.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Where: Boyle Street Plaza | 95 St 103A Avenue, Edmonton
Website: www.eventbrite.ca

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation: Walk with Elders

Put on your orange shirt and join the Alberta Parenting for the Future Association and Town of Stony Plain for this walk and talk in recognition of the day. The walk will begin at the Stony Plain Community Centre (5008 51 Avenue) and end at the walk at the Family Connection Centre (5600 50 Street) where everyone is invited to gather for tea, bannock, and additional sharing.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: Begins at 10:00 am
Where: Stony Plain Community Centre | 5008 51 Avenue, Stony Plain
Website: Facebook Event

2022 Orange Shirt Day Gathering in Devon

The Town of Devon will host an Orange Shirt Gathering at the Devon Community Centre. Take part in a pipe ceremony, community walk, lunch, presentations from Residential School survivors and a screening of the film “We Were Children”.

When: Friday, September 30, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Devon Community Centre | 20 Haven Avenue, Devon
Website: www.devon.ca