National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – September 30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation banner

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. In June 2021, the Government of Canada passed legislation to make this day a federal statutory holiday.

Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.

Below are some ways to commemorate this day to support Indigenous peoples, and to advance reconciliation.


Events and opportunities around Burnaby

City of Burnaby supports Indigenous children and youth with soccer boot drive. You can also purchase orange shirts designed by local First Nations artists from this non-profit organization.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Westminster Pier Park. Mayor Hurley will be in attendance.

10 Truth and Reconciliation Day events to check out in Metro Vancouver 

The Tsleil-Waututh Nation community will take part in a pilgrimage to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The public is invited to create a wall of protection and line up on the sidewalks along Main St. / Cotton Dr. at Park and Tilford or 3rd St W. from St. Andrews Ave. to Chesterfield Ave.


Make a donation to an Indigenous community or organization

How to support TWN Day School and Residential School Survivors 

Spirit of the Children Society is dedicated to make positive changes with a vision of family health, community well-being, and cultural prosperity. Donate to Spirit of the Children Society. 

The Aboriginal Mother Centre empowers Aboriginal mothers to transform their lives. Donate or volunteer.

Help support the Pacific Association of First Nations Women Indigenous Women’s Post-Secondary Education Scholarship Fund.

Donate directly to Hope and Health and make a difference in the lives of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth.

Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirits.


Education – Books and Media 

Check out local Indigenous-owned bookstore Iron Dog Books for a recommendation and to support an Indigenous-owned business.

Indigenous voices and reconciliation in film.

20 Essential Indigenous movies from North America.