Though most businesses are rightfully closed to observe the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation this September 30th, 2022, HRM will host a few special events to celebrate Indigenous culture, amplify the voice of Indigenous artists and help us all pause and reflect on the impact and painful legacy of the Canadian residential school system.
1. Truth and Reconciliation x Grand Oasis
Head downtown with your family and friends to enjoy FREE live music, dance, art, and culture in and around the Grand Parade Square at the Grand Oasis. This is the last weekend (Friday only) of this series and with Indigenous artists gracing the stage to observe Truth and Reconciliation Day, it is sure to be a memorable event.
Delightful Downtown is a series of vivid light installations around Downtown Halifax throughout the fall and winter months. The debut light show will start September 30, 2022, at 7:00 pm, and will feature a Mi’kmaq history month light projection show.
3. Light Up Downtown Dartmouth
During the Fall and Winter months, Light Up Downtown Dartmouth will project light shows on the side of old Dartmouth City Hall nightly from 7-10 pm. Beginning Friday, September 30th and continuing until January 31st, the first series will feature the work of Indigenous artists in honour and recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day on September 30th and Treaty Day on October 1st.
4. Pier 21
Today the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will offer a series of 14 short films about Indigenous experiences. The films, all created by indigenous filmmakers, present a wide variety of topics and reflect the rich diversity of Indigenous cultures from across Canada. You can find a full list of films on Peir 21’s Facebook page here.