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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day)

Information and resources to support National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day, on September 30th.

Orange Shirt Day at Centennial College

Redwashing and Reconciliation

Date: Tuesday September 27, 202
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Description: On Orange Shirt Day we are reminded that a weapon of colonization was and continues to be education. As institutions continue on their journey towards reconciliation, they are not immune from repeating harmful patterns or erasing their own culpability in this harm. In this presentation, Shannon Winterstein will discuss the ways in which Orange Shirt Day has been absorbed by capitalism and is used to virtue signal reconciliation efforts.

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Intergeneration Conversation with Harmony Nadjiwon and Liz Akiwenzie

Date: Wednesday September 28, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Description: Join mother-daughter duo, Harmony Nadjiwon and Knowledge Keeper Liz Akiwenzie, for a heartfelt and intimate intergenerational conversation on Indigenous wellbeing and resistance.

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Black/Indigenous Food Systems with Isaac Crosby

Date: Thursday September 29, 202
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Description: Learn from Isaac Crosby, a Black/Indigenous agricultural expert with a passion for sharing his knowledge of Indigenous food systems. Isaac will discuss his family’s story, and the origins of Black/Indigenous communities like the one he is from. He will also talk about the importance of foods and share some of the work he is engaged in, as well as best practices for engaging in community work with Indigenous people.

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Pause and Reflect on Orange Shirt Day with Seán Kinsella

Date: Thursday September 29, 202
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Description: 

Centennial College has been recognizing Orange Shirt Day for several years, and last year made the decision to close the College to recognize the first official Truth & Reconciliation as a day of mourning and reflection.

During this session, we will reflect on the sessions that took place through the week of September 26th and talk about opportunities for reflection and recognition happening in Indigenous communities and beyond on September 30th, 2022.

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External National Day for Truth & Reconciliation Events

Yellowhead Institute: A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth and Reconciliation

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Date & Time: September 29th, 1:00-3:30pm EST
Location: Online
Description: 

On the eve of Canada's second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Yellowhead Institute is hosting an important conversation on the Calls to Action. An esteemed panel of Indigenous leaders - Cindy Blackstock, Kisha Supernant, Sheila Cote-Meek, Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Kunuk Inutiq, Janet Smylie, and Scott Franks - will discuss the importance of the ‘Legacy’ Calls to Action (1-42), the injustice of their incompletion, and the barriers to their completion. The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Eva Jewell and Dr. Ian Mosby, who lead the research for Yellowhead’s annual Calls To Action Accountability: A Status Update on Reconciliation analysis.

With this event, we hope to create an open and honest space to illuminate the reality of Indigenous experience in this country, as well as reflect on the nature of the September 30 holiday, when so many of the impactful Calls to Action remain incomplete.

Closed Captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please note that this event will be live on September 29th; the event recording will be available for public view on the Yellowhead Institute YouTube page on September 30, 2022 for one day only.

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This event is supported by the Atkinson Foundation and is part of Toronto Metropolitan University’s Social Justice Week.

Indigenous Perspectives on the Pope’s Apology, hosted by The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund

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Date & Time:
September 30, 2022, 1:00 EST
Location: Online
Description: The papal visit in July 2022 resulted in mixed emotions for many Indigenous Peoples throughout the country. Join us on September 30th at 1:00 pm EST to hear directly from those who were involved in and affected by the Pope’s visit. Learn more about what the apology means to those impacted by residential schools, its effects on reconciliation, and how this will shape Indigenous communities and intergenerational relationships across Turtle Island. Mark your calendars.

The panel discussion, hosted by Matthew James Weigel, Award-winning Dënësųłinë́ & Métis writer, will feature notable speakers: 

Joel Cardinal, Manager of reconciliACTIONs at DWF  
Shani Gwin, Founder at pipikwan pêhtâkwan  
Dr. Matthew Wildcat, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Native Studies at the University of Alberta  

Misogyny kʷil- Misogyny-Miskwaa: Misogyny within the Indigenous Community

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Date & Time: September 30th, 4:00-5:30pm
Location: Online
Description: kʷil and Miskwaa is the word for red in Sqilxw and Anishinaabemowin, respectively. Dr. Lezard coined the term, Misogyny kʷil, which is derived from the work of Moya Bailey and misogynoir that speaks to the experiences of Black women and anti-Black misogyny. Misogyny kʷil - Misogyny-Miskwaa furthers this by complicating the intersectionality of non-binary, trans and two-spirit identities and the experiences of misogyny within the Indigenous community. Please join Dr. Percy Lezard, Dr. Joanne DiNova and Dr. Lynn Lavallee as we dive deep into this conversation.

National Day of Truth & Reconciliation: Toronto's Apology to Métis People

Date & Time: September 30th, 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden, 2291 Dundas St W., Toronto
Description: An evening of music, remembrance, and storytelling in Roncesvalles.

5:30 - Stories and music at Dundas-Roncesvalles Peace Garden
5:50 - Orange shirt walk to Roncesvalles United Church
6:15 - Artifacts, mural, snacks at RUC
6:30 - Métis Elder Senator Suzanne Brunelle

Virginia Barter, stories and songs
Alyssa & Danton Delbaere-Sawchuk of Omèigwessi, Métis music

Truth & Reconciliation Day Fashion Showcase

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Date & Time: September 30th, 5:00-9:00pm
Location: Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St., Toronto
Description: "Support Indigenous speakers and designers in the GTA! Aaniin retail inc. is located inside Stackt Market. We are 100% Indigenous owned retailer and carry over 20 Indigenous brands. We are hosting a GTA Indigenous Fashion Showcase for Truth and Reconcilation Day.

Each ticket provides you with an orange shirt for the event, and will help us with operating costs at our storefront. We provide low vending fees for Indigenous fashion designers, beadworkers, and other Indigenous owned businesses. We collaborate with a handful of artists to consistently raise each other up while taking back space in colonized spaces.

There will be a dozen Indigenous fashion brands and designers that are located in the GTA showcasing their businesses, along with an upcoming Indigenous owned catering company @wiisinidaa [Let's Eat]. Spend the evening indulging in delicious Indigenous fusion bites, listen to key note speakers and performers, shop from our many amazing Indigenous designers, and wear your orange shirt to stand together in solidarity with us." (Aaniin).

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