National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day, in honour of the children who never came home and the survivors of residential schools, and their families and communities.

Below are a few resources about Indigenous histories, perspectives, and contemporary issues in Canada as well as some info about events and programming. We have deep gratitude for the many people who’ve shared their lived experiences and suggestions for resources with us. Please contact to share more ideas, resources, or feedback.

For anyone in need of support, a 24-hour national Indian Residential School Crisis Line can be reached at 1-866-925-4419. The Hope for Wellness Helpline at 1-855-242-3310 offers immediate mental health counseling and crisis intervention 24/7 to all Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Phone and chat counseling is available in English and French. On request, phone counseling is also available in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Find more support resources at


National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR)
A Day to Listen | Spe­cial pro­gram cour­tesy of the Down­ie & Wen­jack Fund host­ed by artists William Prince and Celeigh Car­di­nal
2nd Annual Orange Shirt Day Pipe Ceremony and Survivors Walk
NCTR and WAG-Qaumajuq
APTN Programming
How to watch and listen to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022 on CBC


Indigenous Canada | Free Online Course via University of Alberta


Achimotak Series Episode 1 | Desiree Dorion & Alan Greyeyes
Achimotak Series Episode 2 | Desiree Dorion & Crystal Shawanda
Achimotak Series Episode 3 | Desiree Dorion & Troy Kokol
Achimotak Series Episode 4 | Desiree Dorion & Jade Turner
Achimotak Series Episode 5 | Desiree Dorion & Don Amero
CARE: Canadian Artists For Reconciliation And Education | Discussion on Residential Schools and Ideas for the Music Sector with Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux and Ry Moran, moderated by Alan Greyeyes
Indigenous Is Not a Genre: Indigenous Perspectives on the Music Industry
International Indigenous Music Summit Presents: Giiwewizh [Trailer]
Reconciliation Conversation with Don Amero, Alan Greyeyes, Sarah Burke, and Meg Patrick
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World


It's Our Time | Residential Schools Toolkit via Assembly of First Nations
Legacy of Hope Foundation
Manidoo-Abi: A true story about the land we share
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Native Land (Interactive Site)
Orange Shirt Day
Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Residential School Resources via Aboriginal Healing Foundation
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (PDF)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation (PDF)


Every Child Matters: Truth - Act One 
Every Child Matters: Reconciliation - Act Two
Practicing Active Allyship in the TRC's Calls to Action


21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph 
Accounting for Genocide: Canada’s Bureaucratic Assault on Aboriginal People by Dean Neu and Richard Therrien
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese 
Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga 
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King 
When We Were Alone by David A. Roberston (Children's Book)


Residential Schools Podcast Series
Finding Cleo by Connie Walker

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